FOLLOWING ‘Primetime Investigates’ revelations about the effects of State cuts on the lives of family carers, The Carers Association has unveiled its “One Voice” Campaign. The organisation is urging Offaly’s 2,691 family carers to join them in the fight for a better life for family carers.
Last week’s (Monday 30th May) ‘Primetime Investigates’ programme on ‘The Human Price of Cut Backs’ conducted extensive research into the effects of cuts on family carers and found that 68% have been affected by reductions in the Carers Allowance/benefit, 17% cent provide an additional 20 hours of care per week with cuts to Home Care services, 30% had to wait three months for their carers payments to be processed, 43% have had to give up work to provide care and overall, 82 % have been affected by cutbacks in State services
“We are urging people to join us to take action against further cuts to family carers and lobby for Government to complete and implement the National Carers Strategy. With at least 2,691 family carers in Offaly, a figure expected to substantially increase in Census 2011, we want people to join us to become one powerful representative voice to reverse cuts to carers” says Sheila Kinsella, Centre Manager, The Carers Association Offaly.
Members of The Carers Association receive information and advice on rights and entitlements of family carers, needs assessed in-home respite hours; training, support, advice, quarterly newsletter, ‘Take Care’, with updates, and access to the Members Privilege Programme with exclusive discounts on relevant goods and services nationwide.
Membership is open to family carers and those with a passion for helping support the work and lives of family carers, including friends, family members and health professionals. To join or contact The Carers Association contact Sheila Kinsella, Centre Manager, The Carers Association, Market Square, Tullamore, on 057-9322920 or see www.carersireland.com.