National Carers Week runs from 16 October to 22 October, and Chris Gulaptis, Member for Clarence believes it is a great opportunity to acknowledge local carers in our region and he encouraged local carer support groups and other organisations to apply for a grant of up to $250 to run events and activities for carers during National Carers Week. Carers provide regular support to people, often family members, who need it because they have disability, chronic illness, mental illness, dementia or are frail and aged. “By planning activities during Carers Week we can show our support for carers,” Mr Gulaptis said. “Local events during Carers Week will allow us to reach out to carers and show them that as a community, we appreciate their immense contribution.” The NSW Government funds local Carers Week events through Carers NSW. These events give carers an opportunity to relax and enjoy themselves, while connecting with other carers. Grant applications are open until 5pm on Monday 4 July 2016. More information can be found via https://www.carersnsw.org.au/news-events/events/national-carers-week-2016. Mr Gulaptis also advised that the 2016 NSW Carers Awards are now open. Mr Gulaptis said that one in 10 people in NSW selflessly dedicate their time to caring for others. “The incredible unpaid support given by carers enriches both the lives of others and our entire community, “ Mr Gulaptis said. “If you know of anyone who cares for others, I would encourage you to nominate them.” This year, 10 awards are available for individuals and organisations to be honoured during Carers Week, which runs from Sunday 16 – Saturday 22 October 2016. The ten recipients will receive their award at a Carers Week ceremony at Parliament House, where the 2016 NSW Carer of the Year will be announced. Nominations for the NSW Carers Awards 2016 close on Sunday 10 July 2016 at midnight, and can be made online at www.careforacarer.nsw.gov.au/carersawards.