The Carers Association
“The Carers Association aim to provide family carers with emotional and practical supports; to promote the interests of family carers and those receiving care in the home through effective partnership, lobbying and advocacy and to gain recognition and social justice for carers’ invaluable contribution to Irish society.”
The Carers Association is the national voluntary body of family carers in the home. It is owned and controlled by carers ourselves and represents our interests, as well as providing a range of supports and services. The Carers Association is totally dedicated to improving the quality of life for Ireland’s 161,000 family carers in the home.
The Carers Association was founded in 1987. The Association is made up of thousands of individual family carers throughout Ireland, many of whom are isolated and unrecognised. The Association has a national network of 16 Carers Resource Centres and 2 Service Bases, providing information, advice, advocacy, training and home-based respite services. There are 251 people employed, with funding provided by the Department of Health and Children, the Department of Social Protection, the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, local Health Service Executives, VECs and limited voluntary contributions.
The aims of the Association are to provide information and a range of practical services to help improve the carer’s quality of life. This, combined with the role of national lobbyist for carers, helps to bring about a change in social policy, thus enhancing the rights and entitlements of family carers. We encourage all carers to become members of our Association and in that way, we can support and represent your interests in a constructive way. (Carers Association Mission Statement).
We can be contacted through our local Carers Resource Centres. The nearest centre to you can be found on our website at: www.carersireland.com.