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Marsh Awards for Mental Health Peer Support 2021

About the 2021 Awards

We are inviting nominations from all peer led support groups in England and Wales.

We will be awarding 9 projects/groups under the categories of 1) ‘Peer Support in Marginalised Groups’, 2) ‘Doing it for Ourselves’ and 3) ‘Innovative Peer Support’. 

For each category one project will receive a £500 cash award, and two projects will receive £250 each.

The Marsh Charitable Trust (MCT) is a grant-making body which offers an award scheme, working with different partner charities, to celebrate outstanding work being achieved across the charity sector.

To recognise excellence in mental health peer support, MCT works with Mind and PeerFest partner organisations to run the Marsh Awards for Mental Health Peer Support in England and Wales.

Peer support happens when people work together, or support each other, from their lived experience. It can take place informally and formally, in all sorts of settings such as in user led organisations, projects, support groups and in the workplace.  It means different things to different people. It may also be called self-help, befriending/wellbeing groups, meet ups, or mentoring. It also can take place online, by phone or other means.

Peer led peer support is a group or project directly run by the people with lived experience in the group.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the entry criteria?

  • Nominations will be accepted from a peer support group (not an individual)
  • The group needs to operate in England or Wales
  • The group’s main focus needs to centre around mental health / supporting emotional wellbeing
  • The group is peer led

How will winners be decided?

A judging panel of people with peer support expertise, others with lived experience, and representatives from PeerFest partner organisations will assess groups/projects within a framework of peer support principles. (An example of peer support principles can be seen here: www.nsun.org.uk/peer-support-charter.) 

We will also be looking at how projects impact upon people’s lives.

Can a member of a group nominate their own group?

Nominations need to come collectively from groups themselves, so complete this form together with the group.

I know a great peer support group – how do I nominate them?

Groups will need to nominate themselves. Please tell them about these Awards and ask them to complete this form.

When does this form need to be filled in by?

The closing date to receive all nominations is midnight on Wednesday 20 October 2021

How will the Awards be presented?

The panel and MCT will present the Awards during a special celebration event, which is to take place online mid-December 2021.

2021 Nomination Form

It is up to you whether you want to take part in this nomination. All answers will be treated in confidence. If you start the form and then change your mind about participating, you can stop at any time.

Any personal information that you include on the questionnaire will be stored securely, and only the Peer Support Team will have access to the data. We will use your data in order to process your nomination and administrate the Awards. For example, to clarify something on your form and to contact you if you’ve been shortlisted. Your personal information will not be used for any other purpose.

Your answers and the name of your project/group will be shared with others including the Peer Support Team, the judging panel and Marsh Charitable Trust.  You can find out about how we look after your information by reading our Privacy Policy.

At the end of the form you are invited to opt-in to subscribe to receive email updates from the Mind Peer Support Team, which you can cancel at any time.

Please leave your email and/or phone number and best person to contact about the nomination.
Please leave your email and/or phone number and best person to contact about the nomination.
Does your group identify with any of the following? If you are unsure, then leave this section blank.



Does your group identify with any of the following? If you are unsure, then leave this section blank.

Tell us more about your Project/Group

In the following sections, please answer each question in 250 words or less; any words over this limit will not be read. Please give us examples or use quotes to help us understand as much as we can about your group/project.

Marginalisation refers to the social exclusion of people due to lack of access to rights, resources, and opportunities. Different minority groups may experience discrimination because of cultural status (BME), geographical situation (e.g. rural), sexual orientation, gender identity (LGBTQ+), age, disability, or other factors (e.g. homelessness) – but not limited to these groups.
Marginalisation refers to the social exclusion of people due to lack of access to rights, resources, and opportunities. Different minority groups may experience discrimination because of cultural status (BME), geographical situation (e.g. rural), sexual orientation, gender identity (LGBTQ+), age, disability, or other factors (e.g. homelessness) – but not limited to these groups.

Contact details

Best person or people to email and phone about the nomination.

What happens next?

You will hear whether you have been shortlisted for an Award, at the latest, by 2 November 2021.

All shortlisted projects will be asked to take part in:

  • Between 1 to 10 November 2021: a 15 minute online interview which will be used to create a 3-minute film about your group. We will showcase the films at the Award Ceremony, and after the event you will have access to the film to use to promote your group.
  • Mid-December 2021: an online Marsh Awards Ceremony to celebrate each star and commended project.
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If you have any questions, need more information or more support to complete the nomination form, please email: [email protected]

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