Marsh Award for Outstanding Contribution to Equality and Diversity
This Award recognises an individual or group who has done the most to recognise and celebrate equality and diversity within their local community or nationally.
The 2016 winner is Janet Webb
Janet volunteers with Barnardo’s Disabled Children and Young Peoples Participation Project (DCYPPP) and the role evolved from her participation as an advocate with the group 6th Sense, where she was involved in influencing local, regional and government decisions on disability issues. Due to her disability, a specific volunteering role was developed for Janet so that she would be able to participate in the best possible way and she was heavily involved in this process.
Janet showed a good understanding of the issues faced by young people with diverse support needs, having represented them at a range of academic and high level strategic planning meetings across the UK, and has put these skills to good use in her role as a volunteer, helping young people to gain the confidence to influence change.
Janet has a way of articulating her own experience which heightens the participation of the young people using the service and her ability to relate to the young people means that they feel comfortable with her and confide in her on a different level to other members of staff.
Pictured: Janet receiving her award from Nick Carter (MCT Trustee), Amir Khan (Celebrity Ambassador for Barnardo's) and Javed Khan (Barnardo's CEO)