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MEDIA RELEASE - 2017 Inclusive Volunteer Awards now open

2 October 2017

Does your business provide a friendly and welcoming environment to people of all abilities? Does your business provide volunteering opportunities to people with a disability? Are you aware of any people with a disability that volunteer their time? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, you are eligible to enter the Glenelg Shire Inclusive Volunteer Awards.

The awards are across two categories and are designed to recognise and acknowledge both individual volunteers with a physical, intellectual or psychiatric disability who demonstrate high levels of customer satisfaction and commitment to their workplace in their volunteering role.

As well as businesses, clubs and groups that have a welcoming and friendly environment and provide excellent access into and within their premises promoting an inclusive environment for volunteers of all abilities.

Glenelg Shire Council Mayor Cr Anita Rank said these awards aim to encourage businesses to be accessible and aware of the needs of people with a disability.

“Council is committed to enhancing community wellbeing by improving processes, services and infrastructure in the community that will positively impact the lives and wellbeing of all,” Cr Rank said.

“Individuals, business and organisations can self-nominate or can be nominated by a community member.”

Full details on the requirements of each category can be found on the nomination form.

Nominations opened on Monday 25 September and close 5:00pm Friday 13 October 2017.
The winners will be announced at the International Day for People with Disability celebrations on Friday 24 November 2017.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from Council’s website or via Your Say Glenelg alternatively hard copy nomination forms can be picked up from any of the Shires Customer Service Centres in Portland, Heywood or Casterton.

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