Kilkenny Rose Tara Roche turns on the christmas lights with Mayor Michael Doyle and his children Sean and Katie. The mayor has now announced the details of the annual concert. PICTURE: PAT MOORE
Mayor of Kilkenny Michael Doyle has announced the details for the Mayor’s Annual Christmas Concert, with proceeds this year going to Family Carers Ireland.
Guests on the night include: Castlecomer Male Voice Choir, Inistioge's In Caelo choir, Graignamanagh brass band, and the new Aris choir with Veronica McCarron. The MC on the night will be KCLR and TV3’s Edward Hayden.
The concert takes place on December 20 at 8pm in the Watergate Theatre. Admission is €10, and booking is available online at www.watergatetheatre.com.
Family Carers Ireland is a registered charity in Ireland providing information, supports and services to family carers throughout Ireland. There are 23 carer resource and outreach centres throughout Ireland.
In Kilkenny, the centre is located in the Springhill Clinic on the Waterford Road, while an outreach centre is provided in Carlow. Family Carers Ireland provide a range of supports and services locally and nationally to family carers.
They offer an in-home respite service to allow the carer to take a break from their caring role. All staff are fully trained with QQI level 5 Healthcare support and have vast experience in caring for loved ones in their own home. All staff are Garda vetted which gives peace of mind to the carer and their loved ones.
They also offer a one to one listening service in conjunction with PCI College. This is a free service available for Family Carers that allows you to be heard and supported by a trained professional in a safe and friendly environment.
The organisation also provides information and supports to family carers. This includes advice on rights and entitlements, help with filling out forms for carer’s allowance, carer’s support grant, carers benefit and answer any queries that carers may have.
A lot of people do not realise that there is help and support out there for them. Advocacy and lobbying also take place both locally and nationally to represent carers. A staff member from Family Carers Ireland can accompany Family Carers to different meetings such as enquires and appeals for Carer’s allowance, meetings with healthcare professionals for access to services or to meet with local TDs.
There are six support groups between Kilkenny and Carlow, with three in Kilkenny and three in Carlow. These are the general carer support group, mental health relatives support group and parents of children with a disability.
Fundraising also contributes to ensure that these services and supports can be provided to family carers. Every year, they organise different events such as a mini marathon, winter market and flag days.