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Help reward our unsung community heroes – Carers Awards

Do you, your family or friends, depend on some one for essential help and support? Do you want to thank them for all their unpaid efforts? Can you help us to identify those remarkable carers who freely give their time and energy to make a huge difference to some-one else’s life?

Thousands of people are like this across Lambeth, doing a fantastic job every day, caring for family or friends who are vulnerable or need help. These daily services are performed because of dedication and commitment, and are unpaid and often unrecognised.

Lambeth Council is trying to redress the balance a little by inviting nominations for the second annual Carer of the Year Award. The winner will be given gift vouchers worth £250. Carers who are shortlisted will be invited to an awards ceremony as an opportunity to celebrate the valuable contribution they all make.

The award will recognise the unpaid carer whose efforts in providing care to some one else are, in the opinion of the judges, exceptional and deserving of additional recognition.

This may be through overcoming particular difficulties or barriers, tackling specific challenges or circumstances, or having been specially creative or innovative in finding a solution to a challenge or problem.

“We wish we could give all carers in Lambeth an award for the incredible work they do but the Lambeth Carer of the Year Award will go to an unpaid carer whose efforts are particularly exceptional and deserving of additional recognition.

“Last year we heard some amazing stories of people who had overcome barriers, and personal challenges such as their own illness, whilst still putting the person they cared for first. I know there are many more people in Lambeth with stories like this and we want to give carers a chance to shine.” said Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Jim Dickson.

“Many people in the borough don’t think of themselves as carers as they struggle to look after a family member or loved one but the strain this can put on them personally is enormous. We have increased investment into services for carers to provide the vital support they need, which is why this award scheme is so important. If you know someone who deserves some recognition it will only take a couple of minutes to nominate but it will mean the world to them, please nominate today,” he urged.

If you want to nominate a carer, send us the names and contact details for both you and the person you are nominating. We will also need to know why you think they deserve the award. Nominations close at 5pm on Friday 31 July.

You can nominate by writing to Lambeth Carers Award, Phoenix House, 10 Wandsworth Road, SW8 2LL, visiting the website www.lambeth.gov.uk/carers to download an application form, email carersawards@lambeth.gov.uk or call 020 7926 4626.

There is support throughout the year available in Lambeth for carers. From weekends away to help and advice on coping with stress, carers are encouraged to make the most of the services that are available.

The latest addition to the support network is the Lambeth Carers’ Hub, a voluntary organisation that gets its funding from the council and NHS Lambeth and is designed to help carers avoid becoming isolated.

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