1 Jul 2022
In March 2022, the Community Foundation was proud to have awarded £1m of funding to 22 organisations, through the Carers Support Fund established by Health Minister Robin Swann. The funding was allocated to organisations that provide essential support including counseling, respite and activities to those with caring responsibilities.
This week the Foundation along with Minister Swann visited Action for Children and The Mae Murray Foundation, two recipients of the Carers Support Fund. During our visit we heard first hand from both organisations how they had utilised the funding they had received and the positive impact this was having on local families and individuals.
The Mae Murray Foundation, which received £40,000 was set up to allow people of all ages and abilities to take part in activities and enjoy friendship together in an inclusive environment.
The Action for Children received £67,000 from the Fund to assist with their work across Northern Ireland to protect and support young people by providing practical support and emotional care.
Roisin Wood, Community Foundation NI, CEO commented:
“We know that there has been enormous pressure on carers as a result of the pandemic which will have impacted their physical, mental and emotional health. Carers range from children and young people, to those caring for parents of every age, partners and sometimes friends. All of these carers have different needs and often have to balance their caring duties with school or work.
“We are delighted to see how this much-needed funding is being used to offer support and respite to these carers who contribute such a huge amount to society.”
Health Minister, Robin Swann said:
“I am delighted to have been here today to hear and see first-hand some of the invaluable work that has been supported by the Support for Carers Fund.
“It also provides me with an opportunity to pay tribute to the many thousands of people in Northern Ireland who help to look after a family member or friend without financial reward.
“The Support for Carers Fund, which was set up last year, is designed to support projects delivering on the ground to make a real difference to individual carers. I have therefore been delighted to hear about some of the practical support that the Fund is allowing through these awards.”