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Following an unprecedented number of applications for the 2013 Carers of the Year, The Carers Association is delighted to announce the Mayo 2013 Carer of the Year. The annual awards recognise the dedication and enormous contribution of more than 3,000 family carers across Mayo.
Professional carer Mary Quinn, from Ballymahon, has been named as Irish HomeCare’s ‘Carer of the Month’ for September 2013. Mary received the accolade for her dedication and passion in providing the best possible quality support to those in her care.
Irish HomeCare, which employs over 70 carers in counties Westmeath and Longford, has been awarded a level two Q Mark by Excellence Ireland Quality Association - guardians of the Q Mark. The organisation received the accolade for its quality management systems, improving on the level one award it earned last year.
Get your glad rags out and your dancing shoes on! The Mayo Carers Association is hosting a fundraising ‘Back to the ‘80s’ night in conjunction with Westport Radio WRFM 98.2.
The HSE is seeking foster carers who can provide stable homes, both short and long term, for young people aged eight to 18 years. Foster carers currently provide care to 1,215 children in the west.
To celebrate National Carers Week, the Community Action on Dementia in Mayo project and the Carers Association in conjunction with Iorras Le Chéile are hosting an information day at The Broadhaven Bay Hotel, Belmullet, on Monday June 10 from 11am to 3pm.
When the children of Ireland were being abused and beaten in the industrial schools of this country for decades, it all happened in black and white. And because things happened in black and white, they seemed less real. Almost as if they have to be proven to have happened at all. The cameras were not there for those terrible deeds that happened to the vulnerable of this country up to not so long ago and so they did not have the same imprint on the mind if they would if they were captured on video for us to watch over and over again.
The BRI group will meet on Monday March 25 in Le Cheile Family Resource Centre, Tucker Street, Castlebar, from 7.30pm to 9pm.
As part of their main fundraising initiative for 2013, Mayo Ladies GAA are teaming up with the Carers’ Association of Ireland. Last week both groups came together in Breaffy House Hotel to launch their Together For Carers St Patrick’s Day Campaign. A ribbon specially designed for St Patrick’s Day will be on sale all over Mayo in various retail outlets, workplaces and street corners up until March 17. Each ribbon costs €2 with proceeds being split equally between the Mayo Ladies and the Carers’ Association. Mayo Ladies chairperson Liam Costigan said: “The Mayo Ladies County Board are delighted to announce their partnership with the Carers Association of Ireland. Volunteerism is a value promoted and encouraged by both associations. Currently there are 28 ladies’ clubs in Mayo. We deeply appreciate the effort that volunteers put into training all club grades from under eight to senior in addition to huge commitment given by people to training our county teams.
Mayo brain injury/stroke support group meetings are held every third Monday in the month.