MCT 2023 Mid-Year Review

04 July, 2023

As the Trust reaches the middle of year, we are looking back and reflecting on the organisations and people that both our Awards Scheme and Grants Programme have supported over the last 6 months.

So far this year we have joined 11 of our Award partners in celebrating their 2023 Marsh Award winners, ranging from volunteers to professionals. Together we have already recognised over 60 individuals and groups who have gone above and beyond in dedication to their organisation and causes they believe in. Many of the Award presentations and celebrations are now back to being in-person events, where winners and people from within the same sector can network and celebrate together.

Marsh Awards that we have presented so far this year are:

  • – The Arts Society Volunteer Awards which celebrate individual volunteers, groups and Arts Society Committees. They recognise a range of people who promote the arts in their community and within local Arts Societies across the UK.
  • – The British Art Medal Society Awards which recognise professional artists of Medallic Art that promote and encourage the art, in the UK and internationally.
  • – The Churches Conservation Trust Awards have a range of categories that include Regional Volunteers, Fundraising Volunteers, Volunteer Team, Digital Volunteers and Achieving Impact Through Innovation. These winners promote the importance of maintaining the UK’s churches.
  • – The Heritage Crafts Awards highlight the achievements of trainers, trainees and volunteers using heritage crafts and promoting the importance of this fundamental part of our living heritage.
  • – The Home-Start Volunteer Awards recognise volunteers from across the range of essential services that the organisation provides to support families in need.
  • – The Institute of Conservation Awards for Conservation and Restoration of Objects and Collections aim to promote wider recognition of the value that conservation brings to society. They highlight the achievements of conservators and heritage scientists, and were presented for the first time this year.
  • – The Institute of Historic Buildings Conservation Awards for Successful Learning in Heritage Skills and for Community Contribution aim to promote both those who have dedicated their lives to supporting the historical environment, as well as those just starting out in their pursuit to sustain our heritage.
  • – The RAI Film Award is for an outstanding short film on social, cultural and biological anthropology or archaeology.
  • – The Refugee Council Awards support volunteer-led projects that provide services to refugees and asylum seekers to help them feel a sense of community and well being, decrease feelings of isolation, and help with employment skills.
  • – The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Botany Award and Director’s Choice Publication Award recognise professional achievements in the field of botanical research.
  • – The We Are With You Volunteer Awards recognise individuals, whether they have been in recovery or not, that contribute to help transform the lives of people affected by addiction.


Over the past 6 months the MCT has supported over 250 organisations through our Grants Programme.

The Trust aims to create long-term relationships with the organisations that we support through the Grants Programme. This year so far, the MCT has visited 6 organisations that we have supported for many years, as well as newly supported grantees. Visiting organisations allows for the Trust to learn more about the work that we are supporting.

This year we have visited:

  • – Campaign for National Parks is an organisation dedicated to fighting to secure the future of National Parks across England and Wales.
  • – Lifelites who use technology to help children that are less abled in different ways or living with life-limiting conditions, to engage and interact in way that they would usually be able to.
  • -Healthcare Workers Foundation which supports anyone who is working within the healthcare sector that may be facing wellbeing or financial struggles.
  • – Parkinson’s Society UK which is dedicated to helping and supporting those who are experiencing Parkinson’s, through services, treatments and therapies.
  • – StandOut who aim to help people that are leaving prison to empower them to transform their own lives.
  • – Woman’s Trust who provide support and services to women that are recovering from or experiencing domestic abuse.
  • – Your Place which offers support to those experiencing house troubles or homelessness through services and housing to help people rebuild their lives.


To read more about the MCT’s Awards Scheme and Grants Programme please visit the Awards and Grants tabs on our website.