Marsh Award for Carers
The Marsh Award for Carers, run in partnership with the Carers Trust, recognises carers or former carers for their outstanding contribution to volunteering.
It provides an exciting opportunity to give back to carers or former carers who have contributed to supporting other carers in their community.
As well as one National winner, the Award recognises 9 regional winners from across the UK.
The 2016 winner is Joan Morris
Joan has been volunteering at the Renfrewshire Carers Centre for the past four years, at the same time as providing care to two family members herself.
She supports the centre in a number of ways, including fundraising, as well as getting involved with other activities at the centre including the drop-in café.
Joan is mainly involved with the telephone and helpline support services that the centre offers to its clients. The carers she contacts range from new carers who are coming to terms with their roles or carers who simply need someone to call and ask how they are. She uses her own experiences as a carer to offer as much assistance and support as she can to those who need it.
Joan is also part of the befriending team at the centre, meaning that she provides cover to allow carers to have some respite for a few hours.
Pictured: Joan was presented with her Award at the Renfrewshire Carers Centre where she volunteers.
Featured (left to right): Diane Goodman (Centre Manager at Renfrewshire Carers Centre), Jacqui Stevenson (Development Manager for Carers Trust Scotland), Joan Morris, Emily Reeves (Trust Manager, Marsh Christian Trust)
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