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Monday June 13 2016 11:01 AM

St Patrick’s Cathedral ‘Lighting up Blue’ for the 10th National Carers Week in Ireland

Family Carers will have the opportunity to take part in events in every county this week as the 10th National Carers Week (13–19 June) is launched in Dublin today by Nuala Carey. National Carers Week enables Family Carers to take a day for themselves, and to participate in events such as pamper days, informative gatherings, live entertainment and ‘open days’ at local attractions.

Speaking about the week, Zoe Hughes of Care Alliance noted: 

‘In this week, the tenth anniversary of Carers Week in Ireland, we seek to acknowledge Family Carers’ wonderful contribution and ask the public to give a special thought to neighbours who may be caring for a loved one.’

‘Carers are hopeful that an improving economy will not leave them behind. With a new government in place, and an increased focus on health and social care matters in the Programme for Government, it’s vital that Family Carers are truly acknowledged as the “backbone of care” in Ireland.’

Supporting Carers Week again in its tenth year, well-known TV presenter Nuala Carey said: ‘I know how important Family Carers are, particularly in enabling people to continue to live at home. The week is a fantastic celebration of the contribution Family Carers make to our loved ones’ lives, and it’s an opportunity for us all to do something extra special for Family Carers in our community.’ 

Care Alliance Ireland, which is responsible for coordinating Carers Week, says that every person in Ireland has a chance this week to acknowledge the contribution of our 187,000 Family Carers.

‘This week we should focus on doing something for those that contribute so much to Irish society. We encourage Family Carers to take a break where possible and attend an event, but even more important is for their friends and family to take some time and acknowledge their contribution. Just popping in and saying hello and thank you can mean an awful lot’ says Zoe Hughes.

National Carers Week is run in partnership with eight leading Irish charities who support Family Carers: MS Ireland, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, The Alzheimer Society, The Irish Cancer Society, Disability Federation Ireland, Family Carers Ireland, Inclusion Ireland and The Irish Hospice Foundation. 

For further information, contact: Zoe Hughes 086 883 4942 or email: admin@carersweek.ie

Author: Care Alliance Ireland

Tags: nationalcarersweek, carers, ireland, 10years, familycarers

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