More than one in 10 people in NSW are carers, so chances are you already know at least one carer.
Carers can be anyone including parents, partners, children, siblings, friends, neighbours and colleagues. They provide support to people, often family members, who need it because they have disability, mental illness, chronic illness, dementia or are frail aged.
The NSW Carers Awards acknowledge and celebrate the significant contribution unpaid or ‘informal’ carers make to the person (or people) they care for and the community. By nominating a carer you know for an Award you will help to raise awareness of carers across their community.
This is important to carers for many reasons, including improving community attitudes to carers and making it easier for carers to ask for help.
Carer support groups and employers that have made a significant commitment to carers can also be nominated. Carers can find it difficult to balance paid work with their caring responsibilities.
These Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate employers who support working carers. You can also nominate an active carer support group that helps a carer you know.
This year there are 10 Awards available across five categories:
Nominations are sought across NSW from Wednesday 27 May to Sunday 10 July 2016.
Do you know a carer? Nominate them today and show them you care.
Nomination forms: www.careforacarer.nsw.gov.au/carersawards
Kevin Dunne is a 2015 Highly Commended NSW Carers Award recipient who is caring for his wife who has dementia. He talks about the needs of male carers, especially when it comes to the grief associated with dementia.