THE Dorset Echo is delighted to celebrate the Dorset Echo Care Awards which are designed to recognise all individuals and businesses involved in care.

Care is not limited to the elderly or the young, life can present challenges to us all and it is those in the care community that help us to overcome these.

The awards will bring together nominations for care provided in the DT postcode sector. Individuals or businesses are welcome to nominate themselves or anyone that has demonstrated exceptional care.

Dorset Echo Editor Diarmuid Macdonagh said: “We are delighted to be launching our inaugural care awards. At a time when there is so much emphasis on care in the news it is important that we take every opportunity to highlight the vital, and often unheralded, work being done in this area.

“Whether it is a great care home, a social worker going the extra mile, a youngster looking after a parent or someone running an activity for those in need, we would love to hear from you.

“Few sectors of our society are as deserving of recognition.”

Three finalists and their guest in each category will be invited to the Care Awards ceremony at Weymouth College on Thursday 14th March where the winners will be announced.

The winners of each category will receive a trophy and all finalists will recieve a day ticket to Weymouth Sea Life. Winners will also be featured in the category winners' coverage in the Dorset Echo and online at

Sponsors of this years awards include overall sponsor BMI The Winterbourne and category sponsors Apex Care and Pengillys.  The awards event is held at and supported by Weymouth College.


  • Best Volunteer/Unpaid Carer
  • Best Home Carer
  • Best Care Home
  • Best Nurse
  • Best Social Care Worker
  • Unsung Hero Award
  • Best Care Organisation
  • Best Under 18 Care Provider
  • Best Family Member Carer
  • Special Recognition Award

How to make your nomination

Email 100-250 words about who your nominating and why along with your contact details by clicking here 

- For Category Criteria please click the link below:

Care Awards 2019 Category Criteria.pdf

Closing date for nominations will be 17th February 2019 Usual Newsquest competition terms and conditions will apply please visit for full details.