Local businesses, access-friendly

CANNONVALE Westpac Bank and the Whitsunday PCYC were awarded Dylan Awards last week for being access-friendly.

The award was developed in memory of the late Dylan Smith, who had cerebral palsy, to recognise projects that support people with disabilities in the Whitsundays.

The Cannonvale Westpac branch completed a refurbishment two weeks ago where they installed lower desks and chairs to allow customers to feel comfortable when using their banking services.

Whitsunday Westpac's local business banker, Trent Yesberg said it was great to be offering a service to the entire community.

“We're really proud to be able to help out all people in the community,” he said.

“There's definitely a need for it.”

The Whitsunday PCYC also received their Dylan Award at the Disability Action Week launch on Saturday.

PCYC branch manager, Sergeant John Dickinson said that the PCYC had always been access-friendly and offered services to everyone in the community.

“We try and cater for everyone in the community,” he said.

“The Compass group come each week and participate in activities like Zumba.”

Community Solutions' community co-ordinator Anna Smith said she was proud to see businesses and service groups take the innovative way to make their services accessible for all individuals. “It's about access for all,” she said.

“I think it's just great that businesses are trying to make things better for the community.

“It encourages other businesses to consider it as well.”

Businesses and services recognised as access friendly receive a Dylan Award which they are able to display.

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