Through listening and sharing of experience, carers in Duhallow can grow and develop.
The Duhallow Carers Support Group was established and supported by IRD Duhallow and it acts as a support network for over a 100 family and voluntary carers providing a social and supportive outlet for family and voluntary carers in advocacy and lobbying on issues faced by the carers of the region.
The Duhallow Carers Support Group aims to:
- Provide support to all carers
- Enhance the lives of the carers
- Enhance the lives of those they care for
The Duhallow Carers Support Group provides peer support for carers, to provide a relaxing environment and to give members a much needed break from their caring duties and most of all to up skill new carers and provide them with the relevant training and mentoring they need to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities. The group meets once a month to organise and facilitate these supports, equipping carers with the skills and the confidence to look after loved ones. Sign language courses continue to be popular, especially amongst young people as they strive to keep up contact with people in our community with hearing disabilities. The group takes part in regular training sessions, workshops and seminars in topics such as first aid, personal development, mindfulness and stress management. The group has also hosted coffee mornings in order to promote the work of carers.
The Duhallow Carers Group meets in the James O’Keeffe Institute, Newmarket on the 1st Thursday of every month at 8pm. It gives carers the opportunity to meet others in a caring role and enjoy a friendly cup of tea and a chat. The group also organises information seminars such as music therapy, hosts coffee mornings and annual outings for carers.
For more information please contact 029-60633.