Robin Sherwood, Trustee

Robin joined Making Space in the spring of 1998, keen to be part of an organisation that was not only helping him and his family, but “helping countless others in the same brilliant way”.

As a career-long civil servant, he held both management and technical roles before taking early retirement from his position as a Senior Executive Officer. At various times throughout his working life he was also a lay trade union officer.

Today, as a Trustee of Making Space, Robin draws on his knowledge and experience of how mental health issues can affect, not only the sufferer, but also their family. He has made presentations to student social workers at Lancaster University and to staff from Blackpool Council Social Services Department and, in doing so, helped frame the direction of many people working in the field of mental health and dementia.

He is also very ‘hands-on’ as a member of the Board, not only by playing an active part in the discussions and decisions that shape the future direction of the organisation, but by visiting the services and talking to staff, carers and those who use the services, about their views on how to continually improve every aspect of support,

Robin is also the Carer Representative on the Lancashire Care Trust Drugs and Therapeutics Committee, and an Elder at the Fairhaven United Reformed Church in Lytham St Annes.

In his spare time he’s a rambler, a music lover and a season ticket holder at Blackpool FC.