Carers delighted with People in Need grant
ANDREA WILSON, Manager of The Carers Association’s resource centre in Bray is very pleased that the centre has received a grant of €19,991 from the People in Need Trust.
The Carers’ Association is the national voluntary body that represents family Carers in the home.
‘Over 161,000 people in Ireland provide care in the home each day to a loved one, relative or friend, who has special needs, is seriously ill, elderly or living with a physical or developmental disability,’ said Andrea.
She said that while caring for a loved one at home is a deeply rewarding experience, for many Carers the effects of caring over the long term can be poor physical health and emotional wellbeing, isolation and in some cases poverty.
The Carers’ Association’s vision is to achieve recognition, empowerment and a better quali- ty of life for Ireland’s family Carers.
According to the census of 2006 there are 4,619 family carers in County Wicklow. The resource centre will use the grant to buy training equipment, display units, furniture and signage to provide accredited training courses on-site.
‘We would like to extend our warm appreciation to everyone who supported the People in Need Telethon 2007,’ said Andrea.