AN awards ceremony at Redditch Town Hall last week paid tribute to those who go the extra mile to help people with disabilities.
Organised by Borough Councillor Anita Clayton, the ‘Redditch No Barriers’ event saw a total of 16 winners including charitable organisations Rees Cafe, Where Next, Indigo Arts and Disability Action Redditch.
But it was the team at Disability Support Project (DSP), based at the Ecumenical Centre, who scooped the final award of the day for their relentless efforts to make the lives of people with disabilities that little bit easier.
The DSP offers a range of services including tribunal representation, form filling and an advice helpline for clients who suffer with mental health problems or feel suicidal.
DSP chief executive Alex Powell and chairman Natt Tempest were taken aback by the announcement after initially being invited as keynote speakers only.
“I thought we were just going to talk,” said Alex, “but to find out we won an award is an amazing feeling.
“It’s important to note there is no DSP without my team of volunteers who work tirelessly around the clock without winging or even earning a single penny.
“I can’t thank them enough for what they do day-in-day-out.”
Local good citizen Julian Prouse also picked up an award for his tireless devotion to helping good causes throughout the town.
At the presentation the DSP put together a video to explain what the charity does – which can be viewed on our website at www.RedditchStandard.co.uk
Coun Clayton said: “The dedication this group of volunteers put in, and all of our winners, is nothing short of remarkable.
“It’s so important to recognise people in Redditch who sacrifice aspects of their own lives to benefit others.”
Guests at No Barriers were also treated to a performance of ‘The Greatest Showman’s ‘This is Me’ by the incredible ‘It’s a Sign’ choir.
“Thank you to everyone who came along,” added Coun Clayton, “once again it was a fantastic event.”