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 2015 Jim Robson

Jim has been a volunteer with Sunderland Carers’ Centre for 12 years, where he has shown immense dedication and enthusiasm to supporting young carers.

Jim is a carer himself and became involved with the organisation when he was caring for his son who contracted Meningitis at 5 days old leaving him with quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Jim also cares for his wife who lives with health problems that require much support and attention. Despite his personal commitments as a carer Jim makes time to help others, going above and beyond what is expected of him.
Jim started out his volunteering role at Sunderland Carers’ Centre as a bus driver and, as his confidence grew, he became more and more involved with the Centre’s work. He now supports staff to run weekly support groups to provide young carers with advice and guidance as well as recreational and holiday activities, to give young participants the opportunity of time away from their challenging roles as young carers.

From helping to organise rafting or football to teaching cookery skills, Jim always goes the extra mile in his role. He has completed training in youth work, first aid and food hygiene, and has often driven young people across the country to attend various national events. Jim’s energy and enthusiasm are admirable and he is much loved by all those who work with him.

Pictured: Jim Robson receiving his Award from Charles Micklewright and David Charlesworth, from the Marsh Christian Trust


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Previous Winners:

2014 Krish Venkatraman

2013 Carina Andrews

2012 Doris Mason