Marsh Award for Volunteering in Support of Older People

This Award is run in partnership with Contact the Elderly and recognises the contribution made by volunteers who support and care for older people. The Award acknowledges the commitment made by either an individual or a group of volunteers.

Contact the Elderly volunteers hold monthly tea parties for elderly people, or act as drivers in order to ensure they are able to attend. The groups are lifelines for many elderly people with little support from friends and family. Should you wish to know more, please look at their website below.

Pictured - Miss Derham and Ms Hamburger enjoying their tea party.

The 2016 winner is Sheila Glazebrook

Sheila is one of only two volunteers in the country who has completed 50 years of service to Contact the Elderly, after she joined a London group as a volunteer in 1965. In 1976, Sheila moved to Oxford and became Coordinator Driver and host of Oxford 1 group. In 2010, she planned and started Oxford 2 group and in 2012 she launched Oxford 3 group and continues to coordinate all three groups, whilst also planning a 4th group for Oxford in 2016. Sheila also assisted two other Oxfordshire groups, in Wallingford and Abingdon, in order to help accelerate their launch.

As well as her extensive dedication to her groups, Sheila has taken part in extensive PR work for Contact the Elderly’s national office and is always willing to positively promote the charity at both a local and national level. Sheila is a truly inspiring volunteer and over the last 50 years has helped countless elderly people to enjoy a Sunday afternoon of socialising once a month.

As well as Sheila, this Award scheme recognised a further 20 volunteers from communities across the UK who have worked tirelessly to provide support networks and companionship for older people. From arranging tea parties and excursions, to partnering with local organisations and promoting volunteering, these volunteers have been instrumental to the work of Contact the Elderly.

Pictured: Sheila Glazebrook with her Award


Contact the Elderly
2 Grosvenor Gardens
T: 0207 240 0630