Jimmy Carlson receives his OBE

Groundswell Timeline / 2012

This photograph shows Jimmy Carlson receiving his OBE for Services to Homelessness at Buckingham Palace. The Prince of Wales is handing Jimmy’s honour to him. Jimmy’s OBE was announced on 16th June 2012 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and the ceremony was held on the 25th August 2012.

“The day that I got the OBE was one of the proudest days of my life. I was going to the Palace to receive this award and a few years ago I was sleeping rough, not a mile away.”
Jimmy Carlson OBE

Jimmy became the heart and soul of Groundswell during his voluntary work with the organisation, which began in 1997 and included serving as a Trustee for five years before his tragic passing in 2017. Jimmy, a former soldier was awarded the OBE in 2012 for services to combating homelessness after 20 years as passionate advocate of client involvement. This was preceded by over 20 years of alcoholism in a revolving door of rough sleeping, mental health institutions, prisons and homeless hostels.