Carers Association renamed by Minister Howlin as part of national merger
The Carers Association on Henrietta Street received a new lease of life when, along with all of the national branches, it was renamed Family Carers Ireland.
As part of a national merger between The Carers Association and Carer for Carers, the organisation was renamed by Minister Brendan Howlin at a special ceremony in recent weeks. The move represents a positive milestone for local family carers as it is now in a better position to support, lobby for and advocate on behalf of Ireland's family carers.
Along with a new name comes a new logo, which features two hands cradling a heart. According to a statement issued by the organisation, this symbolises the fact that family carers are at their heart, as well as the fact that two organisations have come together.
Following speeches and the all-important cutting of the cake, Minister Howlin spoke to several group members about their concerns for the future of the organisation. Residential and respite care were two areas that were highlighted by them on the day.
Despite the new name and different logo, Family Carers Support Officer for Wexford Caroline Hanley said that the organisation will continue to provide the same services and support to carers as they have done for over 25 years.