ONE of the most important threads binding our society, the role of carer, is being given recognition in the 2016 NSW Carers Awards.
The Awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the dedication, commitment and unstinting contribution of more than 850,000 unpaid carers across NSW.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall is encouraging the community to nominate those doing an exceptional job of caring for the award.
“The incredible unpaid support given by carers enriches both the lives of others and our entire Northern Tablelands community,” Mr Marshall said.
“If you know someone who cares for others, I would encourage you to nominate them today.”
One in 10 people in NSW dedicate their time to caring for someone who needs care because of disability, mental illness, a chronic health condition, dementia or ageing.
The 2015 NSW Carer of the Year Sheila Openshaw said her role as a carer has made her more compassionate, understanding and wise.
“Being a carer can be very challenging at times, so it means a lot to me to have been recognised for the contribution I have made,” she said.
This year, 10 awards are available for individuals and organisations to be honoured during Carers Week, which runs from Sunday 16 to Saturday 22 October 2016.
The 10 recipients will receive their award at a Carers Week ceremony at Parliament House, where the 2016 NSW Carer of the Year will be announced.
Nominations for the NSW Carers Awards 2016 close on Sunday 10 July 2016 at midnight, and can be made online at www.careforacarer.nsw.gov.au/carersawards