The Marsh Award for Carers, now running for its fourth year, was developed by Carers Trust and The Marsh Christian Trust to recognise carers’ outstanding contributions to volunteering in their communities.

Jim Robson received the national award for 2015 in recognition of his volunteering at Sunderland Carers’ Centre over the last 12 years, where he has shown immense dedication to supporting young carers with advice and guidance as well as recreational and holiday activities.
 
Jim is a carer himself, first becoming involved with the organisation when caring for his son who was left with quadriplegic cerebral palsy after contracting meningitis at five days old – he 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. He began his volunteering role at Sunderland Carers’ Centre as a bus driver, becoming more involved as his confidence grew. He now supports staff to run weekly young carer groups giving participants time away from their challenging roles.
 
Claire, Briston, Young Carer Development Worker at Sunderland Carers’ Centre said: “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.”