Each year we hold an awards ceremony called Celebrating Carers. We’re delighted that Sirona Care and Health have agreed to sponsor this year’s awards, helping us to make it bigger and better than ever. But why Celebrate Carers?
The answer is very simple: carers are the unsung heroes in our communities. Tirelessly, day after day, they play a vital role in supporting the people they care for. Often, they have to juggle this with managing their own lives – going to work (or school for young carers); looking after other family members; doing daily tasks in their own house. It’s a role that can be tiring, stressful and lonely. And it’s role which doesn’t end at 5 o’clock, like most jobs. There is rarely, if ever, a holiday. It’s a 24/7 responsibility having someone relying on you to help with their care.
So Celebrating Carers is just that – our chance to celebrate all that carers are, and do. Although we have 12 different award categories, including awards for those who support carers, we hope the ceremony raises awareness of all carers, making us all more mindful of the challenges they face, and how we can all come together to become a more carer friendly community.