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For press or media enquiries regarding National Carers Week 2018, please email us at info@carersweek.ie or phone us on 01 874 7776

Press Release – 11 June (12 pm embargo)

Ireland’s 360,000 Family Carers given opportunity to be recognised for their contribution to our society’s wellbeing.

Thousands of Family Carers are taking part in events across the country this week as part of Carers Week 2018 (June 11–17). Care Alliance Ireland, which is responsible for coordinating Carers Week, says that every person in Ireland has a chance this week to acknowledge the contribution of our 360,000 Family Carers.

“This week we should focus on doing something for those who contribute so much to Irish society. Whether you call in, make a meal, offer help and support, or simply give them a call to say ‘you are doing something really important’, there is a huge value in simply saying ‘thank you’” says Liam O’Sullivan of Care Alliance Ireland.

Speaking at the launch of the 12th National Carers Week, Dr. Sabina Brennan, award winning communicator and founder of TrinityBrainHealth.com said, "Caring for someone you love can be a rewarding experience. However it can also be stressful and can put you in a lonely place. To provide the best care for their loved ones, carers need to stay healthy and connected. To do that they need family and friends who can provide social and emotional support. While help with housework or care related tasks is often welcome there is another (and perhaps even more important) way to help. Just be there. Visit, have a chat with the caregiver and be a listening ear for them."

A new partner to the week in 2018 is the Central Remedial Clinic. Stephanie Manahan, CEO said; “The CRC is proud to partner with others in celebrating National Carers Week 2018. As one of the largest disability organisations in the county, we are indebted to the thousands of parents and other family members who care for their loved ones.”

Another new partner in the week in 2018 is Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland. Its CEO Tom Scott said; “Through our family support service across the country we seek to support not only people living with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus but also their families, who are so often their primary caregivers. We are delighted to be on board as partners in Carers Week and look forward to this week becoming a bigger part of our work into the future.”

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Notes to the Editor:

Family carers provide care and support to a person with a disability, chronic conditions, mental health concern and/or long-term illness, in the persons own home. National Carers Week, now in its twelfth year, is coordinated by Care Alliance Ireland in partnership with eleven other leading Irish charities who support Family Carers: the Alzheimer Society, Family Carers Ireland, the Irish Cancer Society, the Disability Federation, MS Ireland, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, the Irish Hospice Foundation, St. Michaels House and the Special Needs Parents Association. New partners in 2018 are the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) and Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland.

The national launch of Carers Week took place on Monday June 11 in The Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Organisations, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7.

For more figures and data on family carers in Ireland see here 

Family Carers will be available for interviews throughout the week.

For further information, contact: Liam O’Sullivan 087 207 3265 or Zoe Hughes 086 883 4942, e-mail: info@carersweek.ie

Photos from the launch will be sent later to-day by Paul Sherwood.