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Are you up to date on the plans for National Carers Week 2013?
National Carers Week

7 Weeks to Go!

Well, the countdown is on to what we're planning will be the biggest and best National Carers Week yet.  We have been busy with another planning meeting (see below) and lots of work in between.  Articles below will give you an update on the work we've been doing, but if you have any queries or want any further details, please get in touch with us directly (info@carersweek.ie

We will be launching our new-look website in the next couple of weeks.  On the website ‘Events’ tab, we will soon have a comprehensive listing of National Carers Week events that will reach all the counties in Ireland. Please do send us details of the events you are organising so we can be sure to promote them (see article below for details).

We hope you enjoy the update, and let us know if there is anything you would like included in our May edition.

Denise Dunne and Jennifer Jackson
The Carers Week Team
t 01 874 7776  or email

Meet our Chairman

So Jimmy, tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m originally from Thurles in Tipperary. After studying Electronic Engineering in Limerick IT, I worked for Mitel and Westinghouse in Shannon. When I joined the Intel Ireland start up in 1990 the family moved to Celbridge in Kildare. While working in Intel I completed a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Open University, Milton Keynes. Since 2003 I’ve worked with Pfizer Grange Castle in Clondalkin, in various HR roles and in June 2011 I was promoted to the Site Leadership Team as HR Director. 
I am married to Teresa and we have two daughters, just recently through the teenage years! In my spare time, I enjoy hill-walking and attending sports events.
 
How did you get involved in chairing National Carers Week 2013?
I have done some voluntary fundraising in the past for Dublin Simon and also for my daughters’ schools. I enjoyed the variety and felt it gave me a broader sense of perspective outside of my day-to-day work in the private sector. Recently I met with Chris White from Boardmatch Ireland and we got talking. From there Chris linked me up with Liam O’Sullivan of Care Alliance Ireland, who was looking for an outside Chair for Carers Week 2013. Liam and I hit it off pretty much straight away and haven’t looked back since......
 
What are your impressions so far?
Firstly, the scope and complexity of the Carers community and support organisations was a big surprise to me. While I had a general appreciation of some of the more common care needs, like Alzheimer’s or dementia, the wider scale of needs was an eye-opener for me.
The other thing that has struck me is the passion and drive of the people working for the various support organisations. In difficult times, including significant funding constraints and increasing support demands, the partner organisations I have had the chance to work with are getting on with it and are a real pleasure to work with.
 
With the focus increasingly on outcomes, what outcomes do you see as important for Carers Week (10th – 16th June) this year?
Ultimately the aims of Carers Week are to deliver a vibrant week of celebration and the promotion of Family Carers in our community.  It is expected that the media coverage and events will also attract and engage Family Carers not yet availing of carer support services.We will largely achieve this through:
  • Media coverage of carers issues to raise awareness of Family Carers. Our primary focus is to maximise media coverage at local and regional level
  • Delivery of events for Family Carers throughout the country. Our goal is to have events in every region and county.

Organising a Carers Week event?

We want to make it as easy as possible to celebrate the wonderful work Family Carers do, so we've put together a short guide and checklist to help you do something for the special carer in your life.  It includes some suggested events you might like to hold and some tips on how to make your event the success you want it to be.  You will find it on http://tinyurl.com/ckxx2kp.  We also have a new poster which we can send you to help promote your event. 

Don't forget to let us know about your event or celebration of Family Carers.  Send the details to info@carersweek.ie or use the online form and we will include your event on the website and possibly in local media information. 

Partners' Meeting22 April

The National Carers Week Partners met on Monday, 22 April, for a very productive session.  The Carers Week Partners work hard through the year to develop themes, promote and in every way they can make the National Week as successful as we can.
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

Partner ProfileAlzheimer Society of Ireland

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is the leading charity in Alzheimer's / dementia care in Ireland. The Society provides people with Alzheimer's, their families and carers with information and support to help them live as normally as possible in their own homes for as long as possible. Voicing the individual and cumulative needs of individuals and families affected by this devastation condition is at the core of everything we do.

The Society's national network of services includes: 22 branches, 6 regional offices, 33 Day Care Centres, 28 Home Care Programmes, 28 Carer Support Groups, Social Clubs, an Advocacy Service and one overnight Respite Centre. The Society also operates the Alzheimer National Helpline Service 1 800 341 341 offering information and support to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease / dementia.

44,000 people in Ireland have Alzheimer's disease / dementia some as young as 30s or 40s. The disease has a ripple effect on the person, their loved one's and even on their neighbours. The Alzheimer Society of Ireland can offer hope, help and understanding to all affected but only with the support of individual and corporate donors.

Our mission is to work with those affected by Alzheimer's disease / dementia to maximise quality of life.

W: www.alzheimer.ie
T: 01 207 3800
National Helpline:
1 800 341 341
 

Partner Profile Caring for Carers

Caring For Carers Ireland is a National Non-Governmental Organisation supporting Family Carers and those for whom they care.

Caring For Carers promotes the Health, Wellbeing, and Quality of Life of Family Carers and those for whom they care, by promoting Recognition, providing Respite Care, Information, Training, and Advocacy to promote Social Inclusion within the context of The Carers Charter.

Caring For Carers Ireland provide

  • Homecare
  • Respite Care
  • Information and Advice
  • Training
  • Health Promotion
  • Advocacy
  • Social Inclusion
  • Research and Innovation

Caring For Carers Ireland have a National Network of 106 Carers Groups throughout Ireland. To contact a local Group please call National Head office. 

W: www.caringforcarers.ie
T: 065 68 665 15

National Carers Week 2013 is kindly supported by EBS.

Survey of Family Carers

Launched last week, we already have several hundred responses from Family Carers throughout Ireland. The responses are powerful and are helping us better understand the issues facing Family Carers. It's short, has 6 questions, and can be anwered by going to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FamilyCarersSurvey

The results will be used as part of National Carers Week in June to raise the profile of Family Carers in our community. 

For those of you who are not carers, please share this as much as you can with Family Carers you know. We want as many of Ireland's 187,000 Family Carers as possible to take part to help us make a positive difference to their lives.

A pdf version is available to download as well at http://tinyurl.com/c9a8wzm

Schools Competition

As part of National Carers Week 2013, we are inviting 3rd and 4th class pupils to participate in a Writing and Art Competition. The objective is to gain some insight of children’s interpretation of Family Caring (for example, caring for their grandmother or sibling with a learning disability etc) through their artwork and creative writing.  The task itself is simple and can be held in class or as an at home activity. The children are invited to draw / paint a picture, compose a poem or some prose to depict the theme of the competition “How We Care”.  For more details, click here.
Bri logo

Partner Profile Brí

Brí, Independent brain injury support and advocacy provides information, support and advocacy for people with brain injuries, their families and Carers.  We hold monthly support groups around Ireland that everyone is welcome to attend. On local, regional and national levels, Brí advocates for positive change in the lives of people affected by brain injury. Our goal is to influence national policy to improve quality of service for people with brain injury.  Attending one of our 19 support groups dotted around the country brings those affected by brain injury together to exchange insight, experiences and offer practical help to each other. A variety of topics are discussed in a fully confidential setting.

W: www.briireland.ie
E: info@briireland.ie
T: 01 235 5501
Irish Hospice Foundation logo

Partner Profile Irish Hospice Foundation

The Irish Hospice Foundation is 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, including bereavement support. The philosophy of palliative care includes the provision of support systems to help the family and carers cope during the patient’s illness and in their own bereavement.

Carers of people with a life-limiting illness have specific needs that should be recognized and supported to enable them to fulfil their caring responsibilities. Studies have shown that carers delivering care to family members who are facing death have extremely high levels of anxiety - sometimes higher than that of the patient they are caring for.

W: www.hospice-foundation.ie
T: 01 679 3188

Dates for your Diary

April 29th
Photo shoot with Nuala Carey to launch National Carers Week
May 10
th
New-look website to go live
May 20
th
Partners Planning Meeting
May 25
th
eZine – Edition 3
June 10
th
National Launch – The Mansion House, Dublin, 11am  

National Carers Week Partners

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland www.alzheimer.ie / Brí, Independent Brain Injury Support and Advocacy www.briireland.ie / Care Alliance Ireland www.carealliance.ie / The Carers Association www.carersireland.com / Caring for Carers Ireland www.caringforcarers.ie / Disability Federation of Ireland www.disability-federation.ie / MS Ireland www.ms-society.ie / The Irish Hospice Foundation www.hospicefoundation.ie / The Parkinson's Association www.parkinsons.ie

 
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