Our first speaker on the night was Jacqueline Millman from Family Carer’s Ireland

Jacqueline explained that Family Carer’s Ireland is a key lobby for carer needs in Ireland. They also run support groups led by a support worker – someone like Jacqueline, who is the support worker for North Dublin. In-home respite (social support in the home) can be available depending on where you live. It may also be possible to get some personal home help support. For more information about your local centre and supports in your area, click here.

Family Carer’s Ireland are also a good source of information on rights and entitlements and can help you apply for:

  • Carer’s Allowance – this is a payment to people on low incomes who are looking after a person who needs support because of age, disability or illness (including mental illness). This payment is means tested.
  • Carer’s Benefit – This is a payment made to insured people who leave the workforce to care for a person(s) in need of full-time care and attention. It covers 2 years leave from paid employment. It is not means tested and works out at about €200 per week.
  • Carer’s Support Grant (formerly called the Respite Grant) – this is an annual payment of €1700 – paid in June/July. It is not taxable.

Family Carer’s Ireland also organise weekends away (e.g. Gleneagles 10/11 March) and day trips during the year. For example, there will be a trip to Glasnevin Cemetery on International Women’s Day in April and one to Farmleigh House during Carer’s Week in June. More information can be found on their website. You do not need to be a member of Family Carers Ireland to attend these – there is a discount for those who are members.

Find out more about Family Carer’s Ireland at their website (click here) or on their facebook page.

They also have a 24-hour support line: 1 800 240724