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'Guiding support for family carers'

Supporting Ukranian Family Carers

In October 2022, Care Alliance Ireland received funding from the Community Foundation of Ireland for our project to support Ukranian family carers now living in Ireland. 

This project has two strands.

Strand 1: Development of a guide for organisations supporting newly arrived family carers from Ukraine. 

Strand 2: Provision of targetted care packs to Ukranian family carers as part of National Carers Week 2023. 

The development of the guide for organisations is based on the PPI Guidebook we developed as part of PPI Ignite @ UL, and involves working with partners from the Ukranian community in Ireland to ensure the guide includes relevant information for professionals and volunteers who are now working to support Ukranians in Ireland. 

In some cases, Ukranian family carers are 'hidden' and so may not be recieving supports; others are challenged by suddenly needing to connect to a system they are unfamiliar with in order to care for their family members. By aiming this guide at professionals across the health and social care sector, we hope to engage those professionals to actively seek out recently arrived Ukranians with family care responsibilities, rather than rely on self-identification. 

Our Senior Policy & Research Officer Zoe is leading on the development of this guide; please feel free to email her for more information;