Support for family carers is at the heart of why we exist and one way that we deliver on this is through community based carer groups around the country. Family Carers Ireland facilitated in excess of 100 carer groups in 2019.
In addition to providing opportunities for peer support and carer engagement, the groups offer a forum for FCI to listen to the voice of carers, allowing us to respond to them in real time. They also play a vital role in promoting the contributions of family carers within society and bringing their issues to both policymakers and the general community.
In 2018, we reviewed how these groups were structured and in late 2019, we implemented a series of changes to ensure that carers accessing any of our support groups were receiving the right level of support for their needs.
As we continue to develop the new group structure, our goal is to connect with even more carers across the country, regardless of their specific caring role.