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'Guiding support for family carers'


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.

In the first few years activities focused on organising meetings to discuss issues of joint concern. In 1999 core funding was received from the Department of Health which facilitated the employment of a National Development Officer. Care Alliance had been producing and distributing newsletters since 1997 and 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 2018 celebrated its 12th year. In 2006 we received Charitable Status and in 2008 were formally incorporated. In recent years our membership has expanded to include a wider range of NGOs and now stands at 87. In November 2013 we became fully compliant with the Governance Code for Community and Voluntary organisations, amongst the first in the sector. In 2016 our work expanded to include Family Carer Training for professionals.

Care Alliance has a board of 9 directors. Care Alliance employs an Executive Director, a Policy and Research Officer, and a Research Assistant. The work of Care Alliance is informed by our constitution and by our Strategic Plan 2019-2024.