Do you care for a loved one, are you being cared for, have you chosen caring for your career or do your neighbours depend on you during our winter cold snaps or summer heatwaves?
In celebration of Carers Week Funeral Services Northern Ireland - Hugh Wade & Son, Coleraine - is launching its annual carers awards and, if you, or someone you know should be recognised then you can enter the Funeral Services Northern Ireland Carers Awards 2014.
The aim of the awards is to celebrate carers across Northern Ireland whose efforts in providing care to other people are particularly exceptional and deserving of recognition.
The award categories are:
Paid Carer of the Year: This award is open to any adult (18 and over) who provides care and support to someone who is being cared for at home or in hospital.
Unpaid Carer of the Year: This award is open to any adult (18 or over) who volunteers to provide support and companionship to a range of people who may be isolated or have no family, usually by visiting them at home, whether a large or small amount of care is provided.
Voluntary Community Carer of the Year: This award is open to any adult (18 or over) who provides care and support to people through volunteering with a charity or local organisation, whether a large or small amount of care is provided.
Young Carer of the Year: This award is open to anyone under the age of 18 who looks after someone in their family or in the community who has as disability, illness, mental health condition or addiction.
This includes helping around the house, looking after siblings or taking on extra responsibility for someone else.
The prize is £50 worth of Co-op Vouchers for each category winner together with a trophy.
For further information on how to enter, contact Joanne Barrie at Funeral Services Northern Ireland by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing at: Joanne Barrie, Funeral Services Northern Ireland Ltd, 300 Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 1HF.