Life Without Barriers and Carers Australia have announced that the National Carer Awards 2015 are open and accepting nominations.
The National Carer Awards have been developed to publicly recognise and celebrate unpaid carers and foster / kinship carers across Australia. The Awards seek to raise awareness and acknowledge the extraordinary contribution carers make to the nation. There are over 2.7 million unpaid carers in Australia, of which over 770,000 are primary carers and all of whom provide support to someone in need. In addition, there are over 9,000 foster carers and thousands more kinship carers who care for a child who is related to them.
There is a significant chance that at some point in your life, you will either be a carer, need a carer or know a carer. The reality is that it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from or how old you are – anyone, anytime can become a carer. Carers are a vital part of our community, collective economy and we should be aware of the carers around us and the supports and services available to them. The Alliance encourages all people to show their appreciation by nominating a carer who they believe is making an exceptional contribution to the person or people they support.
Winners will be chosen from four categories: young carer aged under 26 years, foster and kinship carer; family carers; and caring in the country. Eligible carers must provide unpaid care and support to someone who has a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, acquired brain injury, degenerative or terminal illness or who are frail aged; or be a registered/approved foster or kinship carer.
Nominations are now open and will close on Sunday 6 September, with national winners being announced in February 2016. To nominate a carer please visit the National Carer Awards website.