Family Carers Ireland Education and Training Programmes provide family carers with information, knowledge, insights and practical tips to help them develop new understanding and skills important in their caring role while raising awareness of self-care when providing care for a family member.
Many carers put their own health and wellbeing low on their list of priorities. A range of self-care tools and techniques is explored throughout our programmes to assist carers to discover a technique that works for them and supports their own well-being. Learning and Education helps carers to develop a greater understanding of their role and can give them new or enhanced skills that support them in their caring role while creating new opportunities for carers outside of that role.
Training is currently delivered online.
SPRING SUMMER 2022
Education and Training Programmes
Working Care Out Skills and Development Programme
Attend our Working Care Out group based online support and skills development programme to meet other family carers who would like to re-enter work and education. The programme will run for 2 hours per week for four weeks. You will explore making career choices, planning further education pathways and look at strategies for effective job searching. Learn how to:
Write up your CV, cover letter, fill out application forms and online applications.
Use social media and LinkedIn.
Learn about communication skills, interview skills and interview preparation.
The aim of this programme is to support family carers with the unique challenges and obstacles faced when re-entering work or returning to education.
Find more information here, email email@example.com or phone 086 0788 2088.
Parents Plus Special Needs Programme
This seven-week programme of education is for parents of adolescent children (10-19 years) with a mild to moderate intellectual disability. Parents have the opportunity to meet other parents in a supportive group to help their children reach their full potential. Parents learn how to cope and manage stress, support their children’s needs and develop connected and close family relationships.
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TBC (3 programmes to be rolled out)
Family Carers Ireland in partnership with Tipperary ETB (TETB) and the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) are proud to introduce the LAST AID programme to Ireland. Last Aid is a simple and effective concept to teach the public about Palliative Care and addresses the growing demand for end-of-life care training for carers of people who wish to die at home.
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QQI Level 6 Certificate in Family Caring
Family Carers Ireland, in partnership with The Faculty of Lifelong Learning, IT Carlow, invites you to develop practical insights and skills to assist you in delivering a high quality level of family care in a safe environment at home. This online Certificate in Family Caring is a Level 6 certified course over six weeks that you can avail of completely FREE OF CHARGE.
Choose from either oftwo coursesstarting soon.
This course is developed to support family carers in their caring role. On completion of this course you will:
Develop an understanding of your role as a carer and gain skills to effectively communicate with other professionals when meeting the needs of your family member.
Develop skills to ensure you are providing safe care in the home, gain practical care skills relevant to family members as well as the ability to design a person-centred plan.
Gain an understanding of relevant legislation and help to identify supports in your valued role as a family carer
Caring with Confidence
Join this 8-week introductory training programme to support and guide you in your caring role. The course will help you to:
Identify your needs and develop an action plan to meet them
Learn baseline practical care skills for safe care delivery
Explore and develop self-care practices
Course topics will cover:
Rights, entitlements & supports for the family carer
Introduction to Carer’s Outcome Star Needs Assessment
Safety at Home
Basic First Aid Skills
Practical Care Skills
Please note that this course is solely for family carers and not home care workers.
Communication with your GP - empowering family carers
Are you a family carer, caring for a loved one, relative, friend or neighbour with additional needs? Join us for a FREE “Communication with your GP - empowering family carers” workshop aimed at supporting YOU, the family carer.
The workshop will cover: • The impact of your caring role on your own health and wellbeing • Discuss any health concerns you may have personally with your doctor • Increase your confidence in discussing concerns about the person you care for • Increase your confidence/assertiveness in discussing aspects of your caring role that you are concerned about
Mental Health & Family Caring – Supporting the Supporters
Family Carers Ireland is pleased to have partnered with Mental Health Ireland to co-produce the Mental Health and Family Caring: Supporting the Supporters education programme. This five-week online programme's aim is to support the supporters of people with mental health challenges.
Adapted from the Meriden Family Programme 'Caring for Carers', this programme has been co-produced with family carers, supporters, people with lived experience of mental health challenges and service providers. Click here to download an information booklet.
MAPA Training (Management of Actual & Potential Aggression)
With a focus on prevention, the MAPA programme teaches management and intervention techniques to help carers cope with escalating behaviour in a professional and safe manner.
Family Carers Ireland have developed a suite of eLearning Courses to give family carers information and guidance on five key aspects of caring; self-care, coping with grief, nutrition and hydration, positive communication and continence care.
Each course provides an introduction and overview of the topic, and allows you to work through the information at a time and pace that suits you.
The development of these courses was supported through the Dormant Account Fund.