BT, Flybe, Southampton Solent University and Hampshire Constabulary are just some of the winners of this year’s SCIL Disability People’s Business & Community Awards 2006 – organised by the Southampton Centre for Independent Living (SCIL). The awards’ main sponsors were SEEDA (South East England Development Agency) and HSBC Bank PLC.
The Awards Ceremony, held at the Rose Bowl on 16th November and presented by TV News Presenter Debbie Thrower, was aimed at mainstream companies in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight that have shown that they are continually striving to provide an inclusive service to disabled people within the community.
The winners of the Disability Equality Awards were as follows:-
Entertainment & Leisure: Chamberlayne Leisure Centre
Hospitality: La Vista Restaurant
Services & Utilities:BT
Public Services:Southampton Solent University
Equality Achievement Award for Employment: Civil Service (Royal Navy)
Award for Outstanding Equality Achievement: Hampshire Constabulary (PLOD scheme)
Award for Outstanding Newcomer: LA Fitness
Hampshire Library Service also received a ‘Highly Commended’ certificate for their efforts to make their mobile library fully accessible.
One of the most popular choices was the ‘Judges Award for Outstanding Equality Achievement’ which was presented to Hampshire Constabulary’s PLOD (police link officer for deaf people) scheme
Janet Marshall, one of the judges for the awards, said “The PLOD scheme in particular is a great example of working to break down the barriers between the police and Disabled People in the community, empowering Deaf and hard of hearing people and to be able to use services and contribute to the community in a way that in the past has been denied to them. PLOD set up an excellent and easy to use SMS service in Hampshire which then went on to influence other police forces across the country, giving greater access for deaf and hard of hearing people as well as people with speech impairments.”
Guests at this year’s event were also treated to comedy from Laurence Clark and table magic during their lunch. Other supporters of the event included South West Trains, Hampshire County Council, B&Q, Southampton City Council, Hampshire Constabulary and the Ordnance Survey.