Award winners at the Town Hall. Picture: Paul Tibbs.

West Norfolk Mayor Barry Ayres presented the winners of this year’s Opportunity Awards with their prizes at a special ceremony at Lynn Town Hall.

Nominations were made in a range of  categories for the awards which are arranged by the West Norfolk Disability Forum.

Individuals and organisations who have ensured equality of opportunities were recognised in the ceremony which takes place every two years.

The nominees were invited to the ceremony on Wednesday evening.

Eight-year-old Niamh Ward won the Young Carer’s category. She helps with her older sister, Phoebe, who has cerebral palsy and other special needs.

Steve Russell took gold in Service Provider as he helps young people with learning difficulties trying to find employment.

Dow Chemical also took a good award for its support of the Mini Kandoo Club, which helps children aged five to eight take part in sports. It also supports Adaptive Sports Day which engaged more than 120 children with a variety of disabilities.

Student Nathan Hudson also received a gold for Individual Achievement in Sport. He is at the College of West Anglia studying for a sports qualification.

Leslie Thurlow took the category for volunteering and helping others. He supports the North Lynn community and works with the neighbourhood partnership and with West Norfolk Disability Information Service and the disability forum. Mr Thurlow is also a registered carer for his wife.

Group gold went to the Kandoo Club for its work at Lynnsport aimed at young people under 18 with a variety of disabilities.