Learning & Education

Family Carers Ireland's education and training programmes provide family carers with information, knowledge, insights and practical tips to help them develop new understanding and skills important in their caring role while raising awareness of self-care when providing care for a family member or friend.   

Many family carers put their own health and wellbeing low on their list of priorities.  A range of self-care tools and techniques is explored throughout our programmes to assist carers to discover a technique that works for them and supports their own well-being.  Learning and education helps family carers to develop a greater understanding of their role and can give them new or enhanced skills that support them in their caring role while creating new opportunities for people outside of that role.

Parents Plus Special Needs Programme

Family Carers Ireland will deliver three Parents Plus Special Needs Programme courses online via Zoom in Autumn 2022.

  • Are you parenting an autistic young person, aged between 10 and 15?
  • Are you parenting a young person aged 9 to 15 years who has diagnoses of both autism and an intellectual disability? 
  • Are you parent to an autistic adolescent aged between 14 – 18 years who also has also been diagnosed with an intellectual disability?”

Join our 7-week programme and meet other parents in a supportive group to help your adolescents reach their full potential.

Support your child to:

  • Learn social skills and build friendships
  • Deal with puberty and sexuality
  • Gain confidence and self esteem
  • Be more independent

As a parent, learn how to:

  • Personally cope and manage stress
  • Deal with the challenges of adolescence
  • Support the needs of other children
  • Manage behaviours of concern


Online via Zoom

Dates & Times: 



To express your interest in taking part, please contact Caroline at training@familycarers.ie and specify which programme you wish to join.

Caring with Confidence

If you are a family carer, caring for a loved one with additional needs, you are invited to our bespoke, 8 week FREE introductory training programme to caring. This programme will be delivered in Naas, Co. Kildare and Tullamore, Co. Offaly in September 2022. See below for more information. Further programmes in other locations will be announced shortly.

Why would I do this course?

  • An introductory training programme to support and guide you in your family caring role
  • Identify your needs and develop an action plan to meet
  • Learn baseline practical care skills for safe care delivery
  • Explore and develop self-care practices

What will I be studying?

  • Rights, entitlements & supports for the family carer
  • Introduction to Carer’s Outcome Star Assessment
  • Safety at Home
  • Basic First Aid Skills
  • Practical Care Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Last Aid
  • Self-Care Practices

Is there an entry requirement?

  • No! You do not need to have any previous qualifications
  • If you are interested, please contact us to find out more
  • Please note this course is solely for family carers and not home care workers


McAuley Place Community Centre, Naas, Co. Kildare

Family Carers Ireland, Market Square, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

Dates & Times: 

Naas: Starting Monday, September 12th, 10am

Tullamore: Starting Tuesday, September 27th, 10:30am


Naas: For more information, contact Sarah Houlihan at houlihan@familycarers.ie or 086 0213749.

Tullamore: For more information, contact Beth Wogan at bwogan@familycarers.ie or 086 7957086

Family Carers Ireland’s eLearning Courses

Family Carers Ireland have developed a suite of eLearning Courses to give family carers information and guidance on five key aspects of caring; self-care, coping with grief, nutrition and hydration, positive communication and continence care.

Each course provides an introduction and overview of the topic, and allows you to work through the information at a time and pace that suits you.

The development of these courses was supported through the Dormant Account Fund.

Self-Care for Family Carers

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Family Caring and Coping with Grief

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Supporting Good Nutrition and Hydration for Family Carers

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Positive Communication for Families

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Continence Care for Family Carers

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