The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) is providing €1.9m for a range of training and supports for Home Carers under the 2017 and 2018 Dormant Accounts Action Plans.

The measure includes the provision of structured training, information and support networks under the theme of personal and social development of persons who are economically or socially disadvantaged.

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty T.D. said:

Following the announcement this morning, by my colleague Minister of State Séan Kyne, of the Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2018, I am delighted to announce the roll out of this measure for project proposals which provide training, information and related support services for family carers. The purpose of this measure will be to assist carers to provide the best care possible to the care recipient; to reduce the risk of injury to the carer and care recipient and to help family carers cope with the emotional and psychological aspects of their role.

Funding will also be made available to provide for the dissemination of resource information for carers, the development of support networks; the development of support groups to assist with transition at the end of the caring role, and measures that assist in promoting carer self-identification. I would encourage groups providing supports to family carers to liaise with Pobal on the specific guidelines attached to the measure”

Pobal CEO, Denis Leamy said:

“Pobal welcomes the announcement today of funding for projects providing supports to family carers which we will administer on behalf of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. Organisations who are interested in applying are advised to register for our pre-application support meeting at the end of July. ”

“Pobal welcomes the announcement today of funding for projects providing supports to family carers which we will administer on behalf of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. Organisations who are interested in applying are advised to register for our pre-application support meeting at the end of July.”

Details about the measure, the online application process, and how to register to attend a pre-application support meeting in Tullamore on Tuesday 31st July are now available here

The closing date for receipt of applications is 3pm on Friday 31st August 2018.

Please note that the deadline for completion and submission of application forms under the Dormant Accounts Fund to Pobal has now been extended to 3pm on Wednesday 5th September 2018.

Further information is available on our Dormant Accounts Fund programme page.