Warrington Disability Partnership

Appreciation of Efforts Awards

Our annual Appreciation of Efforts Awards aim to recognise individuals and organisations living or based in Warrington that provide the very best services and/or support that enable disabled people to live independently.

The Awards were originally launched in 1995 to commemorate the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act. Nominations are open to the public; winners are announced at our Annual General Meeting that is held in December.

You can send us your nomination for our 2016 awards here. This years winners will receive their awards at Warrington Disability Partnerships Annual General Meeting on 6.30pm Monday 5th December at Orford Jubilee.

Our 2015 winners were:

1. Carl Oates, Managing Director, MBS Site Supplies

Carl was nominated for supporting Warrington Disability Partnership in many ways including sponsorship and site equipment for Disability Awareness Day, supply of free cleaning supplies and he has generously pledged 2.5% of the takings from his Warrington Branch during 2015/16. He was the first local business to sign-up to WDP's 2016 Legacy Appeal and in 2015 Carl also joined our board of Trustees.

2. Warrington Wolves Foundation

They provide inclusive services to support young people in sporting activities in schools, clubs and the local community. This Charity provides different kinds of inclusive sports, education and social welfare to those in our community who have special needs, educational, behavioural and physical.

They are a great team of people who give and promote respect and deserve to win this award. Every session is safe and fun for everyone. The organisation goes into the school where I work and pupils love them. They learn lots of new skills, everything is inclusive and nobody is left out. The staff work so hard but still find the time to fundraise so they can support more children and young people. They have run marathons cycled on mass to Newcastle upon Tyne and many other challenges in between.

3. Central Car Hire - Darren and Karl

The nominator said they understand disabled people’s needs, especially in terms of adapted vehicles. The nominator explained that "I need an adapted car to get to and from work, and often uses my wife’s adapted car". If at any time the cars require servicing or maintenance work Darren and Karl collect and deliver the car from home or work to ensure availability of vehicle for my needs, with as little disruption as necessary.

4. Bernard Edwards

Bernard is a local taxi driver who transports elderly and disabled people to luncheon clubs in the Warrington area on a regular basis. The nominator was asked to nominate him for an award on behalf of the luncheon clubs. Bernard consistently goes that extra mile to support his elderly and disabled clients.

He is always cheerful and helpful, seeing clients safely to and from their front doors, carrying their bags and loading equipment into the car. He has been known to take a client to hospital in his own time following a fall and taken a problematic pair of reading glasses to the opticians for another client, collecting them and returning them to her home at a later date.

He has also supported a client to get ready when he arrived to collect her and she was unwell. The patience he demonstrates and the support he provides goes far beyond that expected of him in his role as a taxi driver and consequently he helps the elderly and disabled people he transports to feel safe and valued supporting them to remain independent in the community.