Car­ers de­lighted with Peo­ple in Need grant

Bray People - - News -

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.

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