The search is on to find individuals or organisations who have ensured equality of opportunities for people with disabilities in West Norfolk.

The Opportunity Awards will also recognise those with disabilities who have overcome challenges with determination and spirit.

The awards, organised with the West Norfolk Disability Forum, will be in July but nominations close at the end of this month.

“It is a really nice awards night and recognises so many people who have made a difference,” said Allison Bingham, of the forum and West Norfolk Council.

The scheme was started in 1989 and is held every other year to recognise outstanding contributions which help to make everyday life easier for those with disabilities.

Past winners have come from a range of backgrounds, but they have all made a real difference.

West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled, Aspires and the Lavender Hill Mob Theatre Company have all been previous award winners.

There are a total of seven categories to enter and individuals can make as many nominations as they like.

The ceremony itself will be at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on July 2 and hosted by West Norfolk Mayor Barry Ayres.

Each winner will receive a £25 cheque and a certificate and the winner of the Mayor’s Award will also receive a trophy which can be kept for life.

The categories for nomination are:


Young Carers

Voluntary Organisations

Service Providers


Achievement in Sport

Volunteering and helping others

Charity work.

Nominations can be made using the form printed in Your Local Paper.

Return the form to The Secretary, West Norfolk Disability Forum, Chapel Street, King’s Lynn PE30 1EX by Friday, May 30.

Forms can also be downloaded from the website