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Caring for a loved one can be rewarding, but it can also be difficult, frightening and isolating. It shouldn’t be. Family Carers Ireland want carers to know they have the support they need to care safely, to make it less of a battle and to know they are not alone. We are the national charity supporting the 500,000+ family carers across the country who care for loved ones such as children or adults with additional needs, physical or intellectual disabilities, frail older people, those with palliative care needs or those living with chronic illnesses, mental health challenges or addiction.
Our vision is an Ireland in which family carers and young carers are properly recognised, supported and empowered. Our mission is to highlight the contribution of family carers to Irish society and to improve the lives of family carers throughout the country. We believe that no one should have to care alone.
As a not-for-profit organisation, we support family carers and young carers through the provision of free emergency care planning, counselling, specialised training and education programmes, wellbeing support, crisis management, emergency respite/respite provision, advocacy, peer support groups, information on rights and entitlements and many other worthwhile initiatives.
The key objective of Family Carers Ireland is to benefit the community by supporting and promoting the health, wellbeing and quality of life of family carers and those for whom they care. We strive to promote carer resilience by enabling all family carers to:
(Family Carers Ireland was established in 2016 through the merger of the Carers Association and Caring for Carers).
We advocate on behalf of family carers at local, regional and national level along with lobbying and policy development in support of a comprehensive National Carers’ Strategy.
Family Carers Ireland offers specific programmes of support for groups of carers including young carers, isolated carers, carers for children with special needs, carers of adults with intellectual disability and carers of persons with mental health difficulties.
We are also an approved provider of home support services under the HSE scheme supporting the carer and cared for person.