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Following an unprecedented level of nominations for The Carers Association’s Carers of the Year Awards 2014, Breege Mulvaney from Charlestown has been announced as Mayo’s Carer of the Year 2014. She was presented with her award at a special presentation on Wednesday afternoon in the Park Hotel, Kiltimagh.
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.
With the closing date for nominations fast approaching on April 20, The Carers Association is sending a final call to people across Westmeath to nominate their chosen family carers for the Carers of the Year Awards 2012.
The Carers Association in Mayo invites those willing to raise awareness of issues affecting young carers to create and undertake their own particular challenge for sponsorship between now and May 3 through a Dare 2 Care challenge.
The Carers Association are urging Westmeath to recognise the work of their local carers by nominating them for The Carers of the Year Awards 2012. Recently launched by patrons of The Carers Association, Mary Kennedy and Marty Whelan, The Carers of the Year Awards 2012 recognises the phenomenal work and commitment of family carers.
The Carers Association is now accepting nominations for the Carer of the Year and Young Carer of the Year Awards 2012. These awards, sponsored by Emergency Response, celebrate the dedication shown by family carers in Ireland to providing care in the home to their loved ones.
The Carers of the Year Awards 2012 were launched recently by The Carers Association, whose members took the opportunity to highlight the physical, emotional, and psychological cost of caring for their loved ones in the home. There are 2,862 carers in Westmeath providing 66,262 hours of care in the home each week to frail older people, people with disabilities, terminally ill, and those with special needs.
In 2010 the Central Statistics Office estimated that Ireland could have as many as 274,000 family carers, an increase of almost 71 per cent on the number of carers counted in the last census in 2006. This would put the number of family carers in Westmeath now at 4,890.
Castlebar based Fianna Fáil election candidate Lisa Chambers has said that if elected she will press for an emergency helpline for young carers. She told a meeting of carers in Castlebar that young carers should have 24 hour, seven day a week, access to ready help, advice, and support. Ms Chambers said that there are 3,000 carers under the age of 17 in the country, and in many cases they are carrying out their duties isolated and alone.
The Carers Association in Westmeath is making a final call for nominations for the organisation’s Carers of the Year and Young Carer of the Year awards. Due to the number of nominations still being received, the closing date has been extended by two weeks to Friday September 24.