Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys, has announced funding of nearly €700,000 to support family carers across Ireland.

Under the Dormant Accounts Fund, the initiative will place special focus on empowering Carers to take up opportunities of further education and training.

Carers organisations have responded positively to the news.

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This week, the minister outlined the organisations who will be receiving finical support to empower thousands of family carers.

Minister Humphreys said: “As Minister for Social Protection, supporting our family carers has always been a key priority of mine.

“And so, I am announcing over €700,000 to fund projects the length and breadth of the country that are designed to support family carers and the people they care for.

“I hope that these projects will provide the opportunity to family carers to engage in educational opportunities and training opportunities – further recognising and building on the unique skills they have.”

Examples of the activities that will be funded include:

  • working with employers to introduce the Caring Employers programme including to create carer friendly work practices and policies
  • a Career skills development programme delivering training in confidence building, career exploration, transferrable skills, online job search and education courses, CV preparation, Interview skills
  • the promotion of well-being promotion and self-care strategies which have the potential to bring about positive change in carer’s lives

The successful initiatives are due to commence in January 2023 and will run until June 2024.

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