Family Carers Ireland is the national charity supporting the 355,000 family carers across the country who care for loved ones such as children or adults with physical or intellectual disabilities, frail older people, the terminally ill or those suffering from chronic illnesses or addiction.

Our vision is an Ireland in which family carers are properly recognised, supported and empowered. Our mission is to highlight the contribution of family carers to Irish society and to improve the lives of family carers throughout the country. We believe that no one should have to care alone.

Established in 2016 through the merger of the Carers Association and Caring for Carers, we provide a range of services and supports for family carers through our network of Support Centres nationwide and advocate on behalf of family carers at local, regional and national level.

The key objective of Family Carers Ireland is to benefit the community by supporting and promoting the health, wellbeing and quality of life of family carers and those for whom they care. We strive to promote carer resilience by enabling all family carers to:

  • Be confident in their individual carer roles;
  • Establish and maintain a regular caring routine;
  • Feel listened to, valued and not alone;
  • Be able to access relevant training, advice and support;
  • Be informed of their rights and entitlements;
  • Meet and speak with their peers in a safe, relaxed environment;
  • Take a break from a demanding and stressful caring role;
  • Know where to seek additional support from the State and their community;
  • Access emergency supports when needed

We advocate on behalf of family carers at local, regional and national level along with lobbying and policy development in support of a comprehensive National Carers’ Strategy.

Family Carers Ireland offers specific programmes of support for groups of carers including young carers, isolated carers, carers for children with special needs, carers of adults with intellectual disability and carers of persons with mental health difficulties.

We are also an approved provider of home support services under the HSE scheme supporting the carer and cared for person.