SELFLESS carers who go out of their way to improve the lives of others will be celebrated at the Daily Echo Proud to Care Awards.

A glittering awards ceremony will be held in November to celebrate all the good work going on in the care industry across Dorset and the New Forest.

Readers can nominate their shining stars across a total of 12 categories.

Entry closes October 17. 

Shortlisted nominees and their guests will be invited to a ceremony at the Hamworthy Club on November 7 where the winners will be announced.

Anyone who wishes to nominate can do so below

Those interested in sponsoring a category should call Angela Boyer at the Daily Echo on 01202 411221.

The categories are as follows:

1. Care Home Worker of the Year

2. Care Home of the Year

3. Home Care Worker of the Year

4. Dementia Care Worker of the Year

5. Young Carer of the Year

6. Palliative Care Worker of the Year

7. Volunteer Carer of the Year

8. New Professional Care Worker

9. Family Carer of the Year

10. Learning Disability Care Worker

11. Home Care Provider of the Year

12. Special Recognition award

To nominate, email, with the following information: (click the email address to get a form with all the fields)

Person you're nominating:
Employer (where appropriate):
Employer’s  Address (where appropriate):
Why are you making this nominations (in less than 500 words
Your name:
Your address:
Your telephone number:

Proud to Care is being held in conjunction with Bournemouth and Poole councils and we are also seeking sponsors for each of the categories.

Bournemouth Echo:

A spokesman for the councils said: "Bournemouth Borough Council and Borough of Poole are pleased to be jointly supporting the Daily Echo Proud to Care Awards in gratitude of the valuable contribution that Social and Health Care Providers and their staff make to peoples’ lives.

"The Proud to Care campaign was launched in Bournemouth in 2015 in recognition of the important role that care workers have in the community. We are delighted to partner with the Borough of Poole to extend the success of the campaign across the whole of the Bournemouth and Poole conurbation.

Bournemouth Echo:

"We are proud to support the Daily Echo Proud to Care Awards to celebrate the hard work and caring approach that is shown on a daily basis by unpaid carers, professional care workers and volunteers to meet the needs of our community, and welcome the opportunity to be part of recognising such a deserving group of people."