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Are you looking after a dependant family member, neighbour or friend?

The West Cork Carers Support Group was established to support you!

The West Cork Carers Support Group (WCCSG) was formed in 1998 and provides a wide range of supports to improve the quality of life of Carers. The Group is open to all Carers, whether they care for a relative, neighbour or friend.

Who is a Carer?

Carers are people who are caring, full-time or part-time for a member of their family, a neighbour or friend. They may be caring for an elderly person, or an adult, or child with a long-term illness, disability or mental ill-health. Carers often inherit their caring role, along with other family relationships. They are of any age and come from all backgrounds.

Carers not only provide hands-on care like bathing, dressing, and feeding, but also essential tasks such as medication management, shopping, doctors visits, and hours of essential companionship or supervision.  Their role may involve round the clock care, very often without recognition, help or financial support.

Carers not only make a profound difference to the health, well being and quality of life of those that they care for, but they also make an important, often unacknowledged contribution to the economy.

It is estimated that Ireland’s Carers save the state €2.5 billion each year.

Who do we support?

We can help if you provide unpaid care and support to a family member, neighbour or friend who is frail and elderly, has dementia, a mental illness, a disability, chronic illness or complex needs, or receives palliative care.

  • You do not need to live with the person you care for
  • You do not have to be in receipt of Carers Allowance or Carers Benefit

We would encourage all Carers to contact the West Cork Carers Support Group office and we can give you information on all the local services and supports you can avail of. We recommend that you incorporate as many supports as possible into your new routine.


West Cork Carers Support Group complies with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland.