Census 2016 takes place on Sunday, April 24th. If you are a family carer, you should record the hours you spend caring in question 22. Family Carers Ireland has been working closely with the CSO in advance of the census and the CSO has a dedicated section of their website to help you to complete this question.
We are also asking you to take park in our Carers Count Campaign and to help us raise awareness about question 22 with other family carers in advance of census day.
Getting an accurate picture of caring in Ireland is very important. These data can be used to inform the distribution of supports and services. They can also be very valuable to organisations involved in research into care and societal dynamics. Family Carers Ireland uses this information when making our case for greater fairness for carers to government.
The last census in 2011 recorded 187,112 family carers in Ireland. We believe that there are many family carers who, for one reason or another, may not be answering this question or recording the hours they spend caring weekly.
That is why, in conjunction with the CSO, we will be a running an awareness raising campaign in advance of census day on April 24th. You can take action and help ensure we get a more accurate representation of family carers’ contribution by
- Sharing a Carers Count leaflet with 5 carers you know
- Putting a Carers Count poster up in a service that you and other carers avail of
- Supporting our awareness raising campaigns online
Carers count campaign material will be available in the coming weeks. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a campaign pack.
Census 2002 was the first which attempted to gather data on carers in Ireland, but limited itself to asking whether a person filling out the census performed some caring activities. Census 2011 was the first in which family carers were asked to provide details on the number of hours spent caring weekly, and which extended the question to young carers under the age of 15.
Family Carers Ireland has made extensive use of the data gathered in previous censuses about family carers, and has worked closely with the Central Statistics Office in framing and in promoting awareness of this part of the census. FCI is asking all those who provide regular, unpaid personal help to a friend or family member to make their mark on April 24th.
For more information please see the Carers Count section of the CSO website.