Accessibility awards raise awareness

Those who have gone above and beyond to make their business or service more accessible to people in the community with a disability will be recognised at a special morning tea next week.

Community Care manager Heather Lynn said the Tamworth Access Awards reward the invaluable contribution and dedication of businesses and the wider community  to making life easier for people with a disability.

“The awards used to be held in conjunction with the celebration for International Day of People with Disability, but we now have a stand alone celebration,” she said.

The special morning tea will be held at the Tamworth Community Centre on Friday, December 2, from 10am, for the nominees and those who nominated them.

This year there were 19 nominations from businesses and individuals. They are: Ability Links; Graham Davidson – Tamworth Lions Club; New on Wheels  (received two nominations); Amba’s House of Hair; House With No Steps; Fiona’s Mini Bus Rental; Target Tamworth; Ben Davies – Tamworth Powerhouse Boutique Hotel; Lenny’s Business; Aidacare; Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Tamworth office; Daisy’s Dog Dip; Tamworth Toy Library; Billabong Club House; Joan Wakeford; John Muller; Crossroads Staff; and Centre Pharmacy Tamworth.

“The Tamworth Access Group congratulates all the nominees for 2016,” Ms Lynn said.

All nominees receive a certificate of appreciation before the winner is announced.

Last year’s winner was Qantas for the installation of a ramp to assist people board planes more easily, while Tamworth barber Jim Phillips was highly commended.