Apart from the appointment of a new CEO, The Clare Herald understands all other permanent staff at both organisations are guaranteed continued employment on their existing terms and conditions. A spokesperson for the new organisation said “there will be no job losses as a result of the merger although there will be scope for efficiencies, thereby freeing up resources for more frontline services and supports.
The merged organisation will continue to provide existing services offered by both Caring for Carers Ireland and The Carers Association. These include training, support services, respite care, respite weekend breaks, nurse-led clinics, a dedicated helpline for Family Carers and assistance with legal/mediation services. The new organisation will be “owned” by local support groups.
“The merger will ensure that benefits and services of both organisations will be available to all carers throughout the country while pooling best practice and experience to create one strong national voice for Family Carers based on a shared vision for the future” says Catherine Cox, Head of Communications, The Carers Association.
Judith Ironside, President and a founding member of Caring for Carers Ireland said, “I welcome the decision to merge the two organisations. I look forward to an improved network of support for Family Carers in Ireland and to gaining greater recognition for the voices of Family Carers”.
Both organisations were founded 25 years ago – Caring for Carers Ireland in County Clare and The Carers Association in Dublin.