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 couple of weeks, 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.
One of these we’ll look at in the next article but today we’re delighted to highlight an award for the Borough’s many Adult Carers sponsored by Carers in Beds.
“We are the local charity that supports Bedfordshire’s carers and are proud to salute the winner of this category,” said Carol Solaiman, Community engagement lead, Carers in Bedfordshire.
“To us, all unpaid family carers are heroes. They are an oft-forgotten army of thousands of people in our communities. They put their loved ones before themselves, often at the expense of their own mental and physical health.”
Many people do not see themselves as carers because they are simply doing what they can for a relative or friend who cannot manage without them, because of their disability or illness.
As an adult carer, you may be looking after a partner with a chronic condition, an elderly parent who has become frail and can no longer manage alone, a neighbour with a learning disability, an adult son or daughter with a mental health condition or addiction, to give just a few examples.
Your loved one may live with you, live in a care home or in another town. You may have recently become a carer, or 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.
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.
To nominate an everyday hero who deserves to receive the Raising the Profile of the Town (individual) 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.
Carers in Beds haven’t just sponsored this award, they’ve also helped us to create it, so we can really be sure to recognise those who sacrifice so much to care for their loved ones.
Do you know someone who is a carer who deserves recognition for the sacrifices they make for a loved one?
They must be over 18 for this category, and are considered a carer if they are looking after someone because of their illness, frailty, disability, mental health problem or addiction and cannot cope without their support.
They may be responsible for a wide range of tasks including help with getting out of bed and personal care such as bathing, to emotional support such as helping someone cope with the symptoms of a mental illness.
They won’t receive payment for caring for them apart from carer benefits and the person they care for may not have a formal diagnosis. They may live together or in another place or town including a care or nursing home, independent or assisted living scheme.
More guidance on who is classed as a carer 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.