Putting you first

Family Carers Ireland Education and Training Programmes provide family carers with information, knowledge, insights and practical tips to help you develop new understanding and skills important in your caring role while raising your awareness of self-care when providing care for a family member.   

Many carers put their own health and wellbeing low on their list of priorities. A range of self-care tools and techniques is explored throughout our programmes to assist you to discover a technique that works for you and supports your own well-being. Learning and Education also helps you to develop a greater understanding of your role, and can give you new or enhanced skills that support you in your caring role, or create new opportunities for you outside of that role.

All our courses aim to help you create a better balance between your responsibilities as a carer and your own personal wellbeing. Getting this balance right will also improve the health and wellbeing of the person you care for.

Family Carers Ireland recognises the importance of self-improvement

Through our suite of Education and Training Programmes, we provide a range of courses to meet your needs and requirements. Our schedule for delivery of face to face Education and Training Programmes has been impacted by COVID-19. In response to the current situation surrounding COVID-19, we are running a series of online workshops.

What's On?

  • Certificate in Family Caring (QQI Level 6)

    BOOK YOUR FREE PLACE by clicking here!

    Family Carers Ireland is delighted to partner with Institute of Technology Carlow to deliver the Certificate in Family Caring in a blended mode in order to support Family Carers during COVID-19. The course, launched in November 2019, was developed to provide family carers with the skills they need to care safely and confidently for a loved one at home.

    Why the certificate in Family Caring?

    The QQI Level 6 Certificate in Family Caring has been specifically designed for Family Carers in recognition of the fact family carers are significantly important in the caring sector. This course is developed to support family carers in their role caring for their loved ones.

    Completing this certificate will support you to develop an understanding of your role as a carer and gain skills to effectively communicate with other professionals when meeting the needs of your family member.

    It will support you to develop skills to ensure you are providing safe care in the home and gain practical care skills relevant to your family member as well as the ability to design a person-centred plan.

    Lastly it will give you an understanding of relevant legislation and help to identify supports for you in your valued role as a carer.

  • First Aid in the Home

    Click here to BOOK YOUR FREE PLACE on this informative and practical Basic First Aid in the Home online webinar.

     

  • Minding the Minder - male family carers

    Are you male and in a family caring role? You could be looking after your partner, child or ageing parent and this course is designed to give you practical advice to maintain your caring routine and to mind you, the minder. Book your FREE place for this online webinar here.

  • Behaviours that Challenge in children & young people

    Register your FREE PLACE for this online webinar, aimed at helping family carers who are coping with behaviours that challenge in young children and adults.

  • Know your Rights & Entitlements as a family carer

    It can be sometimes tricky to navigate the supports, payments and schemes that you may be entitled to as a family carer. Join Marian Mahon from Family Carers Ireland on one of five online sessions, aimed at making it all a little easier to understand. We believe no one should have to care alone.

    Secure your FREE place today.

  • Caring for the Carer - a training programme for family carers caring for a loved one with a life-limiting condition

    To register for this programme which starts August 20th from 2pm-4pm, please click here

    Are you caring for a loved one with a life limiting condition? i.e. a child, young adult or adult with a rare disease, multiple sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, COPD, heart disease, cancer, etc.

    Family Carers Ireland invites you to join this free online education and support programme.

    What can this course offer me?

    •  To have the opportunity to connect with other carers in a similar situation in a safe non-judgemental environment
    •  Learn practical care skills to support you in your caring role
    •  An opportunity to talk through concerns and to learn to balance hope and fear
    •  A place to be supported by professionals and other carers
    •  Develop new coping skills and to be prepared for whatever is around that next "bend in the road".

     

  • Online Training Workshops

    Browse all upcoming online training workshops below. If you have any queries about the workshops or registration, please contact Bernadette by email at training@familycarers.ie.

    Please click on the links to register your FREE PLACE.

    Monday September 7th
    11.00am – 12.30pm
    Normal Ageing or is it Dementia?

    https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/normal-ageing-or-is-it-dementia-tickets-112200239938

    Tuesday September 8th
    2.00pm – 3.30pm
    Life after Caring – Workshop for Former Family Carers

    https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/life-after-caring-online-workshops-for-former-family-carers-tickets-111785726116

    Monday September 21st
    11.00am – 3.30pm
    Caring for a child or young person with special needs

    https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/caring-for-a-child-or-young-person-with-special-needs-tickets-114400835980

    Eventbrite links for the following workshops will be available shortly

    Tuesday August 25th
    11.00am – 12.30pm
    Practical Care Skills (Topic to be confirmed)

    Tuesday August 25th
    2.00pm – 3.30pm
    Managing Challenging Behaviours

    Monday August 31st
    11.00am – 12.30pm
    Nutrition

    Monday September 14th
    11.00am – 12.30pm
    Nutrition

    Tuesday September 15th
    2.00pm – 3.30pm
    Workshop for people caring for a person with Acquired Brain Injury

    Tuesday September 22nd
    2.00pm – 3.30pm
    Practical Care Skills (Topic to be confirmed)

  • Mental Health and Family Caring (Five Week Online Programme)

    Family Carers Ireland are pleased to have partnered with Mental Health Ireland to co-produce Mental Health and Family Caring. This five-week online programme’s aim is to support the supporters of people with mental health challenges.

    Our programme has been co-produced with family carers, supporters, people with lived experience of mental health challenges and service providers.

    By the end of the programme participants will have:

    • Had time to reflect on and build tools and techniques to enhance their self-care
    • Expanded their understanding of the concepts of mental health, mental illness and recovery
    • Increased awareness around their boundaries with regard to personal wellbeing and the caring role
    • Had an opportunity to learn about and practice communication skills and active listening techniques
    • Learned about supports and services available for those who are caring

    The programme will be co-delivered by staff from Mental Health Ireland, Family Carers Ireland, Family Carers, people with lived experience of mental health challenges and a number of other community partners and wellbeing specialists.

    Participants can register here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/mental-health-family-caring-supporting-the-supporters-tickets-113378939460

    For more information about the programme please contact training@mentalhealthireland.ie.

    Places are very limited so please consider if you are in a position to commit to the five weeks. If you cannot commit to the five weeks, please consider a shorter course or workshop with Family Carers Ireland. We currently run a short workshop Five Ways to Wellbeing during Tough Times (please see below).

    Our programme will be evaluated by Mental Health Ireland and Pobal where you will be asked for your feedback through short online forms. Pobal part fund the programme.

    Respite

    Family Carers Ireland are supporting requests for respite where possible for those who are participating in the programme. Where possible respite will be made available for half a day for each of the five weeks. Please ensure you tick ‘yes’ the ‘Request Respite’ box on the registration details. Family Carers Ireland will be in touch to discuss respite.

    Dates and Times

    We have a morning and a separate afternoon programme.

    Mornings: Wednesdays, 11am to 1pm, 12th August – 9th Sept.

    Closing date for registrations: 29th July

    Afternoons: Wednesdays, 2pm – 4pm, 19th August – 16th Sept.

    Closing date for registrations: 5th August

    Technology Requirement

    To take part in the programme you will need a smart-phone, laptop, tablet, iPad or PC and a reliable internet connection. The programme will be delivered through Zoom. All materials will be sent out to you in advance of programme delivery.

    For more information on Mental Health Ireland please see: www.mentalhealthireland.ie.

  • Five Ways to Wellbeing during Tough Times Workshops

    We are delighted to partner with Mental Health Ireland to facilitate The Five Ways to Wellbeing during Tough Times workshops.

    If you have any questions about the workshop or about registering, please feel free to drop Amy or Sonia an email at training@mentalhealthireland.ie

    You can register for any of the below dates by visiting https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/five-ways-to-wellbeing-during-tough-times-for-family-carers-registration-107006382972

    Tuesday July 21
    2.00pm – 3.30pm

    Tuesday August 04
    11.00am – 12.30pm

    Tuesday August 18
    11.00am – 12.30pm

    Tuesday September 01
    11.00am – 12.30pm

    Tuesday September 15
    11.00am – 12.30pm

    Tuesday September 29
    11.00am – 12.30pm

    Tuesday October 06
    11.00am – 12.30pm

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