On October 25th, Care Alliance Ireland launched a new guidebook for health & social care professionals and volunteers who may be working to support Ukrainian family carers in Ireland. The guidebook has been developed in collaboration with members of the Ukrainian community in Ireland and has been funded by the Community Foundation of Ireland – Ireland for Ukraine programme.
Speaking about the guidebook, Zoe Hughes, Senior Policy & Research Officer with Care Alliance Ireland, said;
“We have seen thousands of Ukrainians come to Ireland over the past year in response to the escalation of the war. Within this there are many Ukrainians, now living here in Ireland who are caring for the children with disabilities, partners with chronic conditions, and older family members. Navigating the supports and services available to family carers, along with the health and social care service in general in Ireland can be difficult for those of us who have lived here all our lives. This guidebook has been developed to give the volunteers and support staff in organisations and local volunteer groups the information they need to help guide Ukrainian family carers through the system as best as possible”.
Topics covered in the booklet include;
- The impact of family care
- An overview of Ukrainian life & culture
- Being with trauma
- Challenges for Ukrainian family carers in Ireland
- Supports available
The guidebook is available to download from the Care Alliance Ireland website: