Over €380k to support Family Carers

Funding announced on ‘European Carer’s Day’, October 6

Over €380,000 in supports have been announced for family carers across the country.

The funding, announced on ‘European Carer’s Day’, will support carers through the learning of new digital skills designed to facilitate a return to paid employment.

The additional funding, under the Dormant Accounts Fund, will be provided to Care Alliance Ireland and Family Carers Ireland.

Making the announcement, Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys, said over €180,000 will be provided to Care Alliance Ireland specifically. This funding will be used to support carers through developing digital skills that will assist them in terms of upskilling and securing new employment into the future.

A further €200,000 will be given to Family Carers Ireland. The investment will fund new initiatives that specifically promote the well-being of young carers.

“Our carers have endured such a challenging year due to Covid-19,” said Minister Humphreys. “I know our young carers have missed out on the personal interactions and peer supports that help them deal with their caring responsibilities.

“It is fitting therefore that in Ireland, and across Europe, the role played by our carers is being celebrated today.

“Finally I want to thank Care Alliance Ireland, Family Carers Ireland and all our Carers organisations for the important work they do.”