Carers of the Year awards to be picked

Alison Hackett,  Laois Carers Association, with Arlene Carroll, Offaly Carers Association.
There’s a chance to honour the hard work and devotion of family carers across Laois with the launch of the The Carers of the Year Awards and Young Carer of the Year Award 2013.

There’s a chance to honour the hard work and devotion of family carers across Laois with the launch of the The Carers of the Year Awards and Young Carer of the Year Award 2013.

There are currently 3,185 family carers in Laois providing unpaid care in the home each week to frail older people, those terminally ill and those with disabilities. The tireless endeavours of family carers across Ireland saves the health budget over €4 billion each year.

All entrants in the awards will receive a commemorative certificate with the National Carer of the Year and Young Carer of the Year 2013 being announced at a special ceremony to be held in November.

Application forms are now available from The Carers Association’s resource centres nationwide or directly from the free-phone careline on 1800 240 724. Alternatively, nominations for The Carers of the Year and Young Carer of the Year Awards 2013 can be made online at www.carersireland.com. Closing dates for nominations is Friday, September 27.

The Carers Association recently undertook a survey of family carers from across Ireland attending its National Carers Convention and found that 87 per cent of those surveyed said their roles were highly stressful and have contributed to a decline in their own health and wellbeing.

“Family caring is a real labour of love and these awards are so important to recognise and celebrate the work of family carers,” said a Carers Association spokesperson.

For more information on the awards contact Bridget O’Dea, or Purcell Masterson on 086 178 1377.