Everyday Heroes Awards 2022: Announcing our new Young Carers Award


The Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Award, in partnership with The Harpur Trust, is now in its third year to recognise people who have made a difference to our Borough and who make Bedford brilliant.

Over the next few days, we’re highlighting each award category ahead of the closing date for nominations on 3 March 2023 and this year it’s wonderful to see two new categories.

On Friday we announced the first of two new awards, Adult Carer of the Year, and today we are launching our second new award, Young Carer of the Year, which is sponsored by Heart Academies Trust.

Many young people do not see themselves as carers because they are simply doing what they can for their parent or sibling who cannot manage without them, because of their disability or illness.

While a young carer may also do the same things that an adult carer does, they may also have to carry out daily tasks that non-carer children only do occasionally, such as cooking or cleaning.

They often then don’t have time for themselves or school work.

We are looking forward to nominations for young people who may have recently become a carer, or who may have been caring for years.

Much of this may go unnoticed or without much recognition and so we want the Everyday Heroes Awards to change that.

Nominate someone for Young Carer of the year, or any of the other categories here

“It is always incredible to see what young carers do and especially over the last few years during the pandemic where more and more has been asked of them,” said Emma Palmer of Heart Academies Trust.

“We have been amazed in all of our schools how our young carers are able to care for others at home whilst also looking after themselves and at the same time often excelling at school.

“Young carers need to be recognised and applauded because they are truly remarkable and this is why we take so much pleasure in sponsoring this award.”

To nominate an everyday hero who deserves to receive the Young Carer award, please complete the nomination form below by 3 March 2023.

Please remember the nomination must be for activities carried out between January and December 2022.

We already know it’s going to be a tough job for our judges to choose the finalists, who will all be invited to join us at our awards ceremony hosted by Bedford School at the Quarry Theatre at St. Luke’s.

Details of what they’ll be looking for are below.

Nominate someone for Young Carer of the year, or any of the other categories here

Young Carers sponsored by Heart Academies Trust

There are 800,000 young carers aged 5-17 who care for an adult or family member in the UK and we want those in Bedford Borough to be recognised for what they do.

To be nominated for this award, the carer must be under the age of 18. Being a kid is hard enough but these genuine heroes give up so much to help often without people outside of their immediate family being aware of their sacrifices.

As well as cooking and cleaning, they may have to help someone like a parent get dressed and move around, and give them a lot of physical help and emotional support, too.

More guidance on young carers can be found here.

You can find out more about the Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards, in partnership with The Harpur Trust, and the other categories open for entries here.

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