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Mind Marsh Award Scheme

Marsh Award Scheme Nominations

The Marsh Christian Trust is a grant-making body which runs an Award Scheme, working with different partner charities, to recognise outstanding work being achieved across the charity sector.

In order to recognise excellence in peer led peer support, the Marsh Trust is working with Mind and other Peerfest Partners, who are developing peer support across England and Wales, to deliver the Marsh Award for Mental Health Peer Support.

Peer Support happens when people with experience of mental health problems offer each other support based on their lived experience. It can take place in all sorts of places, informally and formally, in one-to-one settings and in groups.

Peer led peer support is a group or project controlled by service users or people with lived experience and this Award will recognise the excellent work of these groups and projects.

We are inviting nominations for the Award from all Peer led support groups to be considered by a judging panel. Four projects/groups will be recognised and one will receive a cash prize of £1000.

You can nominate a group or project for the Marsh Award for Mental Health Peer Support online. Or, if you prefer, you can download and print off the nomination form and post it to us.

Online nomination form

If you'd prefer to print and complete your nomination form. You can do it here. Return your completed nomination form to:

Marsh Awards, Engagement Team, Mind, 15-19 Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ

Download and print nomination form

Guidelines for nominating a group or project

Can a member of a group nominate their own group?


What’s the entry criteria?

  •     Nominations will be accepted for a peer support group (not an individual peer worker, co-ordinator, volunteer etc.)
  •     Group needs to operate in England or Wales
  •     Group’s main focus needs to centre around mental health / supporting emotional wellbeing
  •     The group is peer led

How will the winner be decided?

A judging panel of people with peer support expertise, others with lived experience, and representatives from Mind and partner organisations will select the winner. They will assess groups/projects within a framework of 7 principles: peer led, mutuality, empowerment, social skills, positive change, inclusion and hope.

When do I need to fill in this form by?

The closing date to receive all nominations is 2 November 2015 at 5pm.

How will the Award be presented?

We will be presenting the Award to the successful project/group during this year’s Peerfest on Thursday 10 December at Preston Guildhall.

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