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Carers UK to support award for carers

16 January 2012

Carers UK will be the charity partner for the Carers Award category at the 2012 Great British Care Awards. 

The Carer’s Award is a special category of the Great British Care Awards, and will be given to an unpaid carer or former carer who, in the opinion of the judges, can demonstrate commitment and perseverance in helping to bring about better recognition and support for carers. 

The award was created by the Great British Care Awards to recognise those people who draw on their own experience to help improve vital support services for carers and the people they care for. It seeks to acknowledge and celebrate the dedication that carers show to their local community or society.

The award is open to all without any upper or lower age limit. The person must have been helped bring about change in the last 18 months, be unpaid and receive no financial reward.  The individual should be able to demonstrate that they have had a significant positive impact on the lives of carers and that they have gone the extra mile. 

Finalists will be invited to attend the National Home Care finals, which take place on 23 June at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane in London. The awards will coincide with the end of Carers Week 2012. Nomination forms can be downloaded and submitted online at Closing date for entries is 14 May 2012.

Gavin Macregor, Director of Communications & Development of Carers UK, said, 
"Good care services can change the lives of carers and the ill or disabled loved-ones they care for. Carers UK is proud to support the Great British Care Awards, to celebrate the services and individuals who make a real difference to families' lives by delivering excellence in care." 

Mike Padgham, Director of the Great British Care Awards said,
“We are delighted that Carers UK is supporting this special Carer’s Award.  The endorsement of such a well regarded national charity will ensure that this award category gains the high profile it so highly deserves.  Without the millions of unpaid carers many of the elderly and vulnerable members of our communities would not be able to remain independent in their own homes.  We look forward to receiving the nominations which will doubtless prove to be of an extremely high calibre.”


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For more information on The Great British Care Awards please visit

About the Great British Care Awards

The Great British Care Awards whose principal sponsor is h.e.t. software and are supported by the Department of Health, are now in their third year.  The Great British Care Awards are a series of regional events throughout England and are a celebration  of excellence across the care sector.  The purpose of the awards are to pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work. There are 9 regional awards leading to 2 national finals for both the home care and care home sectors.


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