Family Carer’s Ireland provide free support for family carers and young carers through the provision of free emergency care planning, counselling, specialised training and education programmes, wellbeing support, crisis management, emergency respite/respite provision, advocacy, peer support groups, information on rights and entitlements and many other worthwhile initiatives.
Need blurb so parents understand this support is available regardless of whether they are in hospital unexpectedly or their child has just received a diagnosis, child is receiving outpatient treatment, parents are balancing work while caring for their child or are providing around the clock care.
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The Online Family Carer Support Project, an initiative of Care Alliance Ireland, offers support to nearly 4,000 family carers all over Ireland. This online support project aims to increase the well-being of family carers, and reduce the isolation and loneliness often experienced by those with caring responsibilities. Run through the Facebook platform, the Online Family Carer Support Group gives family carers a chance to connect with people who understand and offers a range of activities such as coffee mornings, book clubs, a gardening club, art classes, and zoom quizzes, to name but a few. All of these activities are 100% online, making it more accessible for family carers to take part.
To join the Online Family Carer Support Group, simply click here:
You can find out more information about the online support project and Care Alliance Ireland here:
Diagnosis, illness or injury specific Supports for parents
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Many parents also connect to other parents with similar experiences in Facebook and other social media-based support groups. Many of these groups can be found using the search feature in Facebook etc.
Medical Social Worker
Sample content – Possible ask Sheila May/Jane from TS for input?
Question – Who can access SW? Receive a diagnosis from a consultant – can you contact social work dept?
Sample description Medical Social Work (HP) – Temple Street (cuh.ie)
Other medical professionals
Should we include a general mention of the range of other professionals who may be able to support depending on the situation? E.g. Outreach nurse etc?
Hospital Chaplains are specifically trained in pastoral care in a hospital setting and work as part of the multidisciplinary team in the hospital. They seek to meet the pastoral and emotional needs of the patients, families and are available to be a source of comfort, empathy, compassion and hope to families particularly during times of crisis or bereavement.
Sample description Chaplaincy – Temple Street (cuh.ie)