Family Carers Ireland will host a one-day conference on the theme of ‘Life After Care’ on Monday, June 18th in the Hilton Hotel, Inchicore Road, Kilmainham Dublin 8 (tea/coffee from 9.45). The conference is funded through the Pobal Dormant Accounts scheme, and is part of a suite of initiatives FCI is running across the country in 2018 on the themes of post-caregiving or transitions from care.
We are delighted to have as our keynote speaker Prof. Mary Larkin of the Open University on the UK, who has pioneered work in the under-researched area of family carers’ experiences of the transition from their caring role. Professor Larkin has led funded projects and taken a consulting role in public initiatives dedicated to understanding and supporting the role of carers in society. She has been a member of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (Co-production network), the Third Sector Research Centre, the cross-Government Independent Advisory Group on Carers (whose Research and Evidence Task and Finish Group she chaired), Carers Trust ‘Care Act 2014 for Carers One Year On’ Commission, the Department of Health’s National Carers Strategy Reference Group, NHS England Commitment to Carers Oversight Group and the NICE Guideline Committee for Provision of support for adult carers. She is also Reviews Editor for the International Journal of Care and Caring.
Also among speakers on the day will be Dr John Hillery, President of the College of Psychiatrists in Ireland and a strong advocate for better governmental supports for carers, and Dr Carol Kelleher of University College Cork, who last year with her colleague Dr Jacqui O’Riordan published the study ‘Post-Caregiving: Family Carers’ Experiences of Cessation of the Caring Role’.
FCI’s Micheal O’Reilly will provide an overview of the ‘Plan C’ project, the flagship programme in our Dormant Accounts-funded activities in 2018, and an update on other activities and the themes related to life after care emerging from discussions with carers nationwide. Family carers will also speak about their experience of the transition from the caring role.
Attendance is free and all are welcome. If you are interested in attending, RSVP to Catriona Duffy at firstname.lastname@example.org and title the email ‘Conference June 18th’