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'Guiding support for family carers'

History

In 1995 a group of voluntary organisations, many condition or issue specific, came together with a view to forming an alliance.

The idea was that the formation of such an alliance could be an effective way of raising the awareness both within their own organisations and externally, about the valuable role played by Family Carers.

Since 1999 we have received state funding. In 2000 the first annual conference was held. In more recent years we have been active in commissioning and collaborating on primary Family Carer research, disseminating Family Carer research, making submissions and in preparing discussion documents. In 2007 we initiated the first ever National Carers Week, which in 2020 celebrated its 14th year. In 2006 we received Charitable Status and in 2008 were formally incorporated. In 2012 we set up a Facebook Page, which has grown to over 22,000 followers, most of whom are family carers. In recent years our membership has expanded to include a wider range of NGOs and now stands at 95. In November 2013 we became fully compliant with the Governance Code for Community and Voluntary organisations, amongst the first in the sector. We have won the Good Governance awards three years in a row (2016,2017,2018) and were shortlisted in 2020.

In early 2020, we set up an online Family Carer Support Group which now has nearly 2,200 active members.

In early 2021, we set up a project (Kaleidoscope) to support family carers return to the paid workforce.

Care Alliance has a board of 9 directors. Care Alliance employs an Executive Director, a Senior Policy and Research Officer and three other staff on specific projects. The work of Care Alliance is informed by our constitution and by our Strategic Plan 2019-2024.