Marsh Award for Innovation and Dedication
This award recognises those working with a Barnardo's service, who are involved in challenging areas of work, and who have shown determination to overcoming discrimination and finding new ways of working. Examples could include working with asylum seekers and refugees, working to support cultural traditions, protecting the rights of children or working with offenders.
The 2016 winner is Janet English
Janet has volunteered with Barnardo’s ‘Targeted Support’ services since 2013, helping numerous families in Carlisle and Cumbria.
From January 2016, she supported a family who had been attending parenting programmes and the children had been ‘stepped down’ from Child Protection (CP) to Children In Need (CIN) Plans, following improvement in the parenting. Janet visited the family, who had no support from family and friends, weekly and supported the mum to improve home conditions and acted as a positive role model for the children.
In 2015, Janet supported a mother from the Czech Republic who had been relocated through witness protection, helping her to settle in to her new environment and not feel so isolated. Despite an initial language barrier, Janet supported and nurtured the mum, acting as a role model and giving her advice about parenting, as her children had been displaying aggressive behaviour at home.
Due to her compassion, commitment and practical, honest approach, Janet is a truly inspirational volunteer, who has successfully built up trusting relationships with a number of vulnerable families. Janet couples her compassion with professionalism and reliability, qualities appreciated by families and colleagues alike.
Pictured: Janet receiving her award from Nick Carter (MCT Trustee), Amir Khan (Celebrity Ambassador for Barnardo's) and Javed Khan (Barnardo's CEO)