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Monday, 11th June 2018

Carers Week to shine a light on the valuable role that carers play

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Family Carer Catherine Swords pictured at the launch of National Carers Week (June 11th -17th) with Fair City actors Bryan Murray and Una Crawford O'Brien. Photo: Paul Sherwood.

Today is the start of National Carers Week during which thousands of Family Carers are taking part in events across the country

Louth Family Carers Support Group will mark the Week with an afternoon dedicated to Carers issues on June 14th from 1.45pm to 4pm in the Westcourt Hotel.

This is a free event, and all are welcome to attend and join in recognising the valuable role carers play. The local Red Cross Community organisation will be one of the key exhibitors, and they will be showcasing their specially designed Carers App.

Care Alliance Ireland, the organisation 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” says Liam O’Sullivan of Care Alliance Ireland.

“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,’”

Speaking at the launch of the 12th National Carers Week, Dr. Sabina Brennan, founder of 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."

Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (SBHI) has become a partner in Carers Week for the first time and their 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.”

Another 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.”

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