Queens Award for Voluntary Service LogoQueens Award for Voluntary Service

Access 2 All Areas have received the royal seal of approval for their work in making daily life easier for people with disabilities.

The group has been awarded the voluntary world’s equivalent of an MBE – the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Representatives from the group attended a royal garden party at Buckingham Palace and were presented with their award
by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester.

It recognises the group’s work in making sure public buildings, shops, parks and
transport in Salford are accessible to everyone.

The photograph below shows representatives of the group with the Lord Lieutenant and Martin Lewis following the presentation.

Group photo Queens Award presentation

Burt Shepherd, the Chair of Access 2 All Areas said: “This is an incredible honour
for the hard working members of our group.”

“We carry out audits in Salford and suggest improvements to make facilities more
inclusive for the disabled community. We’ve had some real success stories –
Including getting wheelchair ramps installed, hearing loop systems and even
Braille information".


“We’ve also helped to increase swimming pool temperatures for disabled swimmers,
embossed instructions on wheelie bins for people with a visual impairment and
contributed to improvements to make Salford Crescent Railway Station more


Councillor Paul Dennett, Assistant Mayor for Human Engagement and Workplace Reform at Salford City Council, congratulated the group on achieving the prestigious award.

He said:  “Members of the group do a fantastic job in making sure Salford is as disabled
friendly as possible. This award is a testimony to all the hard work they put

Take a look at the article in the Manchester Evening News


The photograph below shows Burt and Andy formally receiving the award on behalf of the group: