Friday, 13th of October was the day of our annual general meeting and Celebrating Carers awards ceremony. Despite the unlucky date, the evening was a great success and was much enjoyed by all attendees.
We are so fortunate to have our wonderful host, Ali Vowles, return to us again this year to really make the evening special. She is such a fantastic presenter and this year was no different, even when some of the script pages went wandering off! As always we are incredibly grateful for her support, so thank you Ali.
The evening was an opportunity to recognise some very special people who have supported the Carers’ Centre, carers in our community or indeed carers themselves who have achieved so much.
Our first winner was one you would have read about before; young carer Becca who looks after her mum. Since being featured on Comic Relief, Becca has used her platform to educate and inspire her peers and adults alike, putting together a presentation and role-play for her school to explain what it’s like to be a young carer. It was fantastic to reward Becca for her efforts and hopefully inspire her to continue to educate her community for years to come.
We also recognised businesses, including Bluebird Care, who are putting on coffee mornings for carers. They’re also able to provide some free care cover for those who want to attend the coffee morning but just can’t leave the person they look after on their own. This is a great investment in carers’ health and wellbeing and we were pleased to recognise this initiative and Bluebird for their work.
Among our other winners were volunteers, fundraisers, adult carers and we presented a special Lifetime Achievement award for Jim Cronin, chair of a charity with whom we have a great partnership, Friends of Young Carers. Our new mascot, Buddy the Caring Bear even made his debut appearance!
We’ll be publishing the full list of winners and some of their stories in our next edition of Caretime, so look out for that in January.
Thank you to everyone who attended and we hope to see lots of you back in 2018.