Family Carers Ireland is the national charity for family carers in Ireland.
The organisation was formed in January 2016 as a result of a merger between The Carers Association and Caring for Carers. The merged organisation continues to provide existing services offered by both Caring for Carers Ireland and The Carers Association and will strive to develop new supports based on family carers needs. These include training, support services, home care support, respite weekend breaks, nurse-led clinics, a dedicated helpline for family carers and assistance with legal/mediation services.
The Young Carers Programme was established in 2012 to support carers aged 18 and under. The programme works with families and young carers across Ireland, providing practical and emotional support to ensure they have fun and achieve, just like their peers.
Young carers aren't going to stop caring. But we can help give them a break to learn and have fun, letting them balance their caring responsibilities with just being a child and growing up.