National Carers Week 2016 Partners
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland
Tel: 01 207 3800
National Helpline: 1 800 341 341
As the major dementia-specific service provider in Ireland, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s national network includes over 125 dementia specific services such as day care centres, home care services, family carer training, carer support groups, social clubs and two respite centres. The Alzheimer Society of Ireland also operates the Alzheimer National Helpline Service offering information and support to anyone affected by Alzheimer's or dementia at 1800 341 341.
Our mission is to help meet the needs of people with Alzheimer's or dementia and their carers. Our vision is an Ireland where no one goes through dementia alone, where policies and services respond appropriately to the person with dementia, and their carers, at the times they need support
There are nearly 42,000 people living with dementia in Ireland and over 50,000 impacted by the condition. Dementia is a condition commonly associated with older people but it affects approximately 4,000 people in Ireland under the age of 65 and this is often referred to as early onset or younger onset dementia.
Acquired Brain Injury Ireland
Tel: 01 280 4164
About ABI Ireland
ABI Ireland is a dedicated provider of community-based neuro-rehabilitation services for people with an acquired brain injury (ABI) and their families. As a brain injury can affect a person’s ability to control their own life and live independently, ABI Ireland works to empower and rebuild lives. ABI Ireland also campaigns, educates and advocates for the rights and needs of this hidden group in society.
Family Support Services
ABI Ireland recognises that the family also lives with the acquired brain injury, not just the person directly affected. We recognise that family members need help, including access to respite services, in order to be able to support their family member.
The ABI Ireland Family Support Service is delivered by Social Workers, Psychologists, Trainers, and Family Support Workers on an individual or group basis and can take many forms:
•Teaching coping skills
•Exploring the challenges of the acquired brain injury
•Dealing with grief and loss
•Building relationships between the individual, family and community
To enable people with neuro-rehabilitation needs to lead meaningful lives in the community by providing personalised quality rehabilitation and support
Care Alliance Ireland
Tel: 01 874 7776
Care Alliance Ireland is the National Network of Voluntary Organisations supporting Family Carers.
Our vision is that the role of Family Carers is fully recognised and valued by society in Ireland.
We exist to enhance the quality of life for Family Carers.
There are approximately 274,000 Family Carers in the Republic of Ireland. Family Carer support is provided by a number of organisations, including those dedicated solely to carer support and others who support carers as part of their response to individuals with specific conditions. We work with our 100 member organisations and other agencies to support them in their work with Family Carers
What We Do
We work with organisations to provide better information and supports to Family Carers.
We provide them with opportunities to collaborate on initiatives including National Carers Week, a multi-agency and multi-disciplinaryFamily Carer Research Group, and joint policy submissions.
We act as a distribution channel for information on Family Carer issues. We actively encourage collaboration in all our projects.
We provide cohesion to those organisations working to support Family Carers.
We commission relevant research that supports focussed and quality interventions in the lives of Family Carers.
Disability Federation of Ireland
Tel: 01 454 7978
The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) works to ensure that Irish society is fully inclusive of people with disabilities and disabling conditions so that they can exercise fully their civil, social and human rights. In pursuit of this vision, DFI acts as an advocate for the voluntary disability sector, and supports organisations to further enable people with disabilities.
DFI is the national support mechanism for voluntary organisations in Ireland, covering all areas of disability and disabling conditions (hidden, intellectual, mental health, physical, sensory and emotional disability). DFI represented and supported over one hundred and fifty voluntary disability organisations and groups of which seventy-two comprise the National Council, and thirty-one of which are Associate Members.
Family Carers Ireland
Careline: 1800 240724
Family Carers Ireland is Ireland's national voluntary organisation for and of family carers in the home. Family carers provide high levels of care to a range of people including frail older people, people with severe disabilities, the terminally ill and children with special needs.
Family Carers Ireland
provide family carers with emotional and practical supports including
- In Home Respite Service
- Training in Healthcare (QQI)
- Information on Rights and Entitlements
- promote the interests of family carers and those receiving care in the home
- lobby and advocate in an effort to gain recognition and social justice for carers' invaluable contribution to Irish society
- work in partnership with other organisations to further the interests and welfare of family carers
Family Carers Ireland’s national office is based in Tullamore, Co. Offaly. All of the organisation’s 25 Resource Centres provide a range of information and support to family carers.
Contact: Family Carers Ireland, National Office, Market Square, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
Tel: 01 8559891
Inclusion Ireland is the national association for persons with an intellectual disability. Inclusion Ireland provides a central forum for its members to identify priorities and formulate nationally agreed policies to present to government, statutory bodies, other relevant groups as well as the general public. Inclusion Ireland campaigns for changes in services and legislation that will improve the quality of life and participation of people with an intellectual disability in Irish society.
Inclusion Ireland are connecting parent and family disability support groups and helping them to share concerns, keep them informed and ensure that their voice is heard. This Network also brings about greater participation of persons with a disability and family members in the design and delivery of services and supports. For more information follow this link.
Irish Cancer Society
Tel: 01 231 0500 (Dublin)
Tel: 021 484 0597 (Cork)
National Cancer Helpline Freefone: 1800 200 700 (Mon-Thurs 9-7, Friday 9-5)
National Smokers' Quitline: 1850 201 203
Fundraising:1850 60 60 60
The Irish Cancer Society is Ireland’s national cancer charity providing information, support and care to those with, and affected by, cancer all over Ireland. Our services are professional, confidential and free of charge. We are almost entirely funded through the generosity of the public and receive less than five per cent government funding.
The Irish Cancer Society is committed to providing much needed services to cancer patients and their families across the country, such as:
• Cancer Information Services
- National Cancer Helpline 1800 200 700 staffed by specialist cancer nurses who can offer information and support
- 11 Daffodil Centres in hospitals nationwide provide cancer information, support and advice in local hospitals with no appointment or referral necessary
- Web-Chat and E-mail service
• Care to Drive - a free transport service which brings cancer patients attending chemotherapy treatment to and from hospital
• Survivors Supporting Survivors - the Irish Cancer Society’s one-to-one support programme, providing emotional and practical support to newly diagnosed patients.
• Financial Aid - a special fund for families facing financial hardship as a result of a cancer diagnosis
• Counselling – a counselling service through local cancer support centres for patients who require support dealing with the emotional effects of a cancer diagnosis
• Night Nursing Service – free palliative nursing care to cancer patients who are at the end of their cancer journey in their own homes
• Collaborative Cancer Research – supporting and funding leaders in cancer research so that people who get cancer in Ireland will have better access to new approaches to the diagnosis and management of their condition
• Advocacy – Representing people affected by cancer and ensuring that the people who shape cancer policy and provide cancer services in Ireland hear their & lobbying Government to introduce policy changes that reduce cancer risk
• Health Promotion – running national cancer awareness campaigns to help people understand and reduce their risk of developing cancer
The Irish Hospice Foundation
Web : www.hospice-foundation.ie
Tel: 01 679 3188
The Irish Hospice Foundation strives for the best care at end of life for all. We are dedicated to building support for the hospice philosophy in all care settings, improving access to hospice services and working for the continuous development of high-quality care to include bereavement care and support. The philosophy of palliative care includes the provision of support systems to help family members and carers cope during a person’s illness and in their bereavement.
People caring for those with a life limiting illness have specific needs that should be recognised and supported to enable them to fulfil their caring responsibilities. As part of an ongoing strategy to support carers of people with life limiting disease, the IHF host webpages www.hospicefoundation.ie that are dedicated to provide family carers with relevant information, advice and resources as they support their loved one in what is for most a challenging and emotional journey.
Tel: 01 678 1600
MS Information Line : 1850 233 233
Multiple Sclerosis Ireland’s mission is ‘to enable and empower people affected by MS to live the life of their choice to their fullest potential.’ We operate services in every county in Ireland.
Our teams of Regional Community Workers throughout the country provide individual and family support to help people address the challenges that MS may bring to a person and their family. A number of programmes, workshops and activities are also organised for groups such as those newly diagnosed, carers, children of parents with MS and healthcare professionals. Programmes include physical therapies, symptom management and information/education seminars.
Local services also include 39 voluntary Branches around the country, which offer peer support, social opportunities and financial support.
MS Ireland also operates The MS Care Centre, Ireland’s only respite and therapy centre for people with MS. It offers short-time respite care, therapeutic services, neurological assessments and many social activities in a homely environment in the suburbs of Dublin.
MS Ireland also runs a confidential information Line, open from Monday to Friday 10am– 2pm; a website; and provides a range of booklets and information sheets. MS Ireland also supports research and advocates on behalf of people with MS and their families.