Ferris urges local groups to apply to new €1M carers fund

Labour TD Anne Ferris has urged eligible groups in Co. Wicklow and Co. Carlow to apply for a new €1 million funding scheme that has been announced for Home Carers.

This week, Tánaiste and Social Protection Minister Joan Burton announced her Department was providing the €1m support and training fund. The money, which will come from the Dormant Accounts Fund, was confirmed in conjunction with National Carers’ Week.

Deputy Ferris said: “I welcome this new scheme which will help fund schemes which provide training, information and related support services for Home Carers.

“Home Carers play a vital role in many families across Co. Wicklow and Carlow.  It is important that the Government supports their valuable work and I want to thank my colleague and party leader, Joan Burton, for giving this scheme the green light because it will ensure that Carers get much-needed support in the community.

“The purpose of the scheme is to upskill carers to help them provide the best care possible, to reduce their risk of injury, and help them cope with the emotional and psychological aspects of their role.

“Eligible groups should apply to get their share of funding when the application process gets underway on July 1st. It will run for three weeks. In addition, four pre-application regional meetings will also take place around the country during June.”

Full details on this measure, the online application process, and how to register for the pre-application meetings are available from Pobal’s website on www.pobal.ie.

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