Learning & Education

Family Carers Ireland recognises the importance of self-improvement

Through our suite of Education and Training Programmes, we provide a range of courses to meet your needs and requirements. Our schedule for delivery of face to face Education and Training Programmes has been impacted by COVID-19. In response to the current situation surrounding COVID-19, we are running a series of online workshops.

What's On?

  • Caring for the Carer - a training programme for family carers caring for a loved one with a life-limiting condition

    To register for the programmes starting on August 5th (11am-1pm) or August 13th (11am-1pm OR 2pm-4pm), please click here.

    Are you caring for a loved one with a life limiting condition? i.e. a child, young adult or adult with a rare disease, multiple sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, COPD, heart disease, cancer, etc.

    Family Carers Ireland invites you to join this free online education and support programme.

    What can this course offer me?

    • To have the opportunity to connect with other carers in a similar situation in a safe non-judgemental environment
    • Learn practical care skills to support you in your caring role
    • An opportunity to talk through concerns and to learn to balance hope and fear
    • A place to be supported by professionals and other carers
    • Develop new coping skills and to be prepared for whatever is around that next "bend in the road".

     

  • Online Training Workshops

    Browse all upcoming online training workshops below. If you have any queries about the workshop or registration, please contact Bernadette by email at training@familycarers.ie.

    Please click on the links to register.

    Monday August 10
    11.00am – 12.30pm
    Workshop for Male Carers

    https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/minding-the-minder-workshop-for-male-carers-tickets-115983500773

    Monday August 17
    11.00am – 12.30pm
    Caring for a child or young person with special needs

    https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/caring-for-a-child-or-young-person-with-special-needs-tickets-114400835980

    Monday September 21
    11.00am – 3.30pm
    Caring for a child or young person with special needs

    https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/caring-for-a-child-or-young-person-with-special-needs-tickets-114400835980

    Eventbrite links for the following workshops will be available shortly

    Tuesday August 11
    2.00pm – 3.30pm
    Life after Caring – Workshop for Former Carers – What’s next?

    Monday August 17
    11.00am – 12.30pm
    Workshop for people caring for a person with Acquired Brain Injury

    Tuesday August 25
    11.00am – 12.30pm
    Practical Care Skills (Topic to be confirmed)

    Tuesday August 25
    2.00pm – 3.30pm
    Managing Challenging Behaviours

    Monday August 31
    11.00am – 12.30pm
    Nutrition

    Monday September 07
    11.00am – 12.30pm
    Dementia Care

    Tuesday September 08
    2.00pm – 3.30pm
    Life after Caring – Workshop for Former Carers – What’s next?

    Monday September 14
    11.00am – 12.30pm
    Nutrition

    Tuesday September 15
    2.00pm – 3.30pm
    Workshop for people caring for a person with Acquired Brain Injury

    Tuesday September 22
    2.00pm – 3.30pm
    Practical Care Skills (Topic to be confirmed)

  • Mental Health and Family Caring (Five Week Online Programme)

    Family Carers Ireland are pleased to have partnered with Mental Health Ireland to co-produce Mental Health and Family Caring. This five-week online programme’s aim is to support the supporters of people with mental health challenges.

    Our programme has been co-produced with family carers, supporters, people with lived experience of mental health challenges and service providers.

    By the end of the programme participants will have:

    • Had time to reflect on and build tools and techniques to enhance their self-care
    • Expanded their understanding of the concepts of mental health, mental illness and recovery
    • Increased awareness around their boundaries with regard to personal wellbeing and the caring role
    • Had an opportunity to learn about and practice communication skills and active listening techniques
    • Learned about supports and services available for those who are caring

    The programme will be co-delivered by staff from Mental Health Ireland, Family Carers Ireland, Family Carers, people with lived experience of mental health challenges and a number of other community partners and wellbeing specialists.

    Participants can register here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/mental-health-family-caring-supporting-the-supporters-tickets-113378939460

    For more information about the programme please contact training@mentalhealthireland.ie.

    Places are very limited so please consider if you are in a position to commit to the five weeks. If you cannot commit to the five weeks, please consider a shorter course or workshop with Family Carers Ireland. We currently run a short workshop Five Ways to Wellbeing during Tough Times (please see below).

    Our programme will be evaluated by Mental Health Ireland and Pobal where you will be asked for your feedback through short online forms. Pobal part fund the programme.

    Respite

    Family Carers Ireland are supporting requests for respite where possible for those who are participating in the programme. Where possible respite will be made available for half a day for each of the five weeks. Please ensure you tick ‘yes’ the ‘Request Respite’ box on the registration details. Family Carers Ireland will be in touch to discuss respite.

    Dates and Times

    We have a morning and a separate afternoon programme.

    Mornings: Wednesdays, 11am to 1pm, 12th August – 9th Sept.

    Closing date for registrations: 29th July

    Afternoons: Wednesdays, 2pm – 4pm, 19th August – 16th Sept.

    Closing date for registrations: 5th August

    Technology Requirement

    To take part in the programme you will need a smart-phone, laptop, tablet, iPad or PC and a reliable internet connection. The programme will be delivered through Zoom. All materials will be sent out to you in advance of programme delivery.

    For more information on Mental Health Ireland please see: www.mentalhealthireland.ie.

  • Five Ways to Wellbeing during Tough Times Workshops

    We are delighted to partner with Mental Health Ireland to facilitate The Five Ways to Wellbeing during Tough Times workshops.

    If you have any questions about the workshop or about registering, please feel free to drop Amy or Sonia an email at training@mentalhealthireland.ie

    You can register for any of the below dates by visiting https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/five-ways-to-wellbeing-during-tough-times-for-family-carers-registration-107006382972

    Tuesday July 21
    2.00pm – 3.30pm

    Tuesday August 04
    11.00am – 12.30pm

    Tuesday August 18
    11.00am – 12.30pm

    Tuesday September 01
    11.00am – 12.30pm

    Tuesday September 15
    11.00am – 12.30pm

    Tuesday September 29
    11.00am – 12.30pm

    Tuesday October 06
    11.00am – 12.30pm

  • Certificate in Family Caring (QQI Level 6)

    This course is now fully booked for both July and August and registration is closed.

    Family Carers Ireland is delighted to partner with Institute of Technology Carlow to deliver the Certificate in Family Caring in a blended mode in order to support Family Carers during COVID-19. The course, launched in November 2019, was developed to provide family carers with the skills they need to care safely and confidently for a loved one at home.

    Why the certificate in Family Caring?

    The QQI Level 6 Certificate in Family Caring has been specifically designed for Family Carers in recognition of the fact family carers are significantly important in the caring sector. This course is developed to support family carers in their role caring for their loved ones.

    Completing this certificate will support you to 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.

    It will support you to develop skills to ensure you are providing safe care in the home and gain practical care skills relevant to your family member as well as the ability to design a person-centred plan.

    Lastly it will give you an understanding of relevant legislation and help to identify supports for you in your valued role as a carer.

Make An Enquiry

If you would like to make an enquiry about our training or education offering, please message us using the form below.