Services We Offer

West Cork Carers Support Group provides a wide range of accessible services and supports aimed to improve the quality of life of Carers including:

Carers Support-line
This service operates every Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 1pm.
This is a confidential service offering a listening ear, information on benefits and entitlements and referral to other relevant sources of information and support.

The Support-line number is: 027 51731

Carers Drop-in Service
This service offers Carers the opportunity to access information and find one to one support in a welcoming, confidential and Carer focused environment. The Drop-In service takes place weekly in our resource centre in Bridge Street in Bantry on Tuesdays from 10am to 1pm and Thursday from 2pm to 5pm.

Carers Information and Resource Centre
This contains a large assortment of booklet and leaflets, Carers Library and a computer with internet access.

New Carers Information Pack  
The Carers Information Pack gives an overview of the supports and services available to Carers in West Cork and is a joint initiative by West Cork Citizens Information Service and West Cork Carers Support Group. The pack provides Carers with all the information they require from when they first become a Carer, to assisting them throughout their caring role and helping them to deal with the stresses and challenges they face daily as Carers.
There is often confusion surrounding benefits, entitlements, supports and services for Carers.   This pack provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ on information for Carers including how to access these services, managing the stresses of caring and maintaining the health and well-being of Carers themselves.
For a copy of the Carers Information Pack, please contact us on 027-53848 or West Cork Citizens Information Service on 0761078390.

The Carer’s Guide is folder where you can record all of your caring activities plus vital information such as the medical details of the person you care for.   The Guide is intended to give Carers some ‘peace of mind’ in that it will ensure continuity of care if the Carer is away from home.  It can also be used to ease communications between the Carer, the Caree and care professionals when you need to take a well deserved respite break. Contact us on 027-53848 to request a guide, or for further information.

The Carers Emergency  Card. 
Carers often worry about what will happen if, at short notice, they are unable to care.  The Carer’s Emergency Card identifies you as a Carer and includes a place to write emergency contact numbers.  The card should be carried in your bag or wallet.  In the event of an accident, this would help alert Gardai, the ambulance service or other emergency response staff to the fact that there is also someone else in need of helpContact us on 027-53848 to request a guide, or for further information.

Quarterly newsletters
Our newsletters contain relevant information, supports and advertising events available. To view our Newsletter please click on the following link.

Carers’ Support Group Meetings 
Support Groups are a great opportunity for Carers to receive support in terms of meeting others, building friendships and participating in social activities. They also offer an opportunity for Carers to receive a wide range of types of information and support from the input of professional group leaders and peer support via other Carers in the group.We hold regular support group meetings for Carers in Clonakilty, Dunmanway, Bantry, Skibbereen and Castletownbere.

Provision of information
We provide information on health and welfare entitlements and other relevant schemes and services through our Outreach, Drop-in and Support-line services.

One to One Supports
One to one supports are provided by our trained staff through our Drop-In and Support Line services, including practical and emotional support as well as assistance with application forms for health and welfare entitlements.

Practical Carer Courses
We can provide First Aid Courses, Patient Transfer and Back Care, Therapeutic Hand Care, Mental Health First Aid.

Relaxation, Recreational and Educational Courses
We facilitate Stress management workshops, Arts and Crafts workshops, Computer courses, Cookery classes etc.

Holistic Treatments 
Sharon, Carer Support Worker, offers free Reiki, Secheim and Integrated Energy Therapy treatments in the West Cork Carers Support Group Centre in Bantry.
Sharon is a fully qualified & insured practitioner (Reiki Master, Secheim Master and IET Master Instructor).
The treatments are suitable for everyone or any age and can enable the body to heal itself on both an emotional and a physical level.
Carers can avail of more than one treatment (up to 6 treatments per person in 12 months as part of our service) – as often it can take several treatments depending on your ailments or emotional issues. All treatments are energy based by “hands on healing” whilst you are fully clothed and either lying down on a treatment bed or sitting in a chair covered by a blanket.
Benefits of the treatments have been reported over hundreds of years and are as follows:  improved sleep patterns, pain relief, release of emotional triggers due to grief & bereavement. Comfort for the long term ill, cancer patients, various illnesses and disabilities, mental health issues, fertility issues and so on ……
All treatments are free to Carers who are registered with West Cork Carers Support Group and will be strictly by appointment. Please phone the Carers Support Line on 027-51731 and make an appointment with Sharon or email her on the address:  supportworker@westcorkcarers.com.

Professional Counselling Service for Carers/Former Carers
West Cork Carers Support Group is now offering a professional one-to-one Counselling service at a nominal cost to Carers and former Carers who require emotional support.
Counselling can be a helpful way for Carers to explore their difficulties in a safe and confidential environment.
Those availing of the service might make a contribution to help cover some of the costs.
Financial contributions are agreed at a level to suit your individual circumstances.
All aspects of this service are entirely confidential.
To avail of the counselling service, or for further information please contact us on 027-53848 or email: coordinator@westcorkcarers.com

Social Activities and Events
We host a variety of social outings; for example our Annual Summer Trip and Christmas or New Year parties.

Seminars on issues of relevance to Carers,
Twice yearly seminars held on issues relevant to Carers such as Living with Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia, Eldercare and the Carer, Caring for children with special needs, Caring and life balance.

Specific Supports for Male Carers
Courses and Social events are organised specifically for Male Carers. For more information on supports for Male Carers please click on the following link The Male Carers Project.
Due to popular demand West Cork Carers Support Group are now holding monthly Male Carers Support Group Meetings in our Bantry office.  Please see the latest Newsletter for dates and times or call us on 027-53848 to find out more. All male Carers are welcome to join us for a chat over a cuppa.

Beara Carers Drop-In Service
In conjunction with Beara West Family Resource Centre a new monthly Drop-In Service will provide information and support to Carers on an individual basis on the last Wednesday of each month.
Venue:  The Beara West Family Resource Centre,4, The Courtyard, Castletownbere, from: 10-00am-12.00 noon All Carers are welcome to attend, but advance booking would be helpful. Call 027-53848 for more information.

Respite Grants 
West Cork Carers Support Groups Respite funds enable Carers to take a short break from caring.
Our ‘Core Respite Grant’ gives recognition to the demanding nature of full time care and encourages and enables Carers to take valuable time out. Contact us for more information.

‘The Flexible Respite Grant’ can help with the cost of relief home care services at a time when the Carer most needs it.  The Flexible Respite Grant is available to Carers if they need to take a break and need to get someone to look after their loved one in their absence, including when you would like to attend one of our events or training courses.
If you would like to attend any of our events and need some financial assistance to help pay towards home care supports whilst you attend, please contact 027 53848 and enquire about West Cork Carers Support Group’s ‘Flexible Respite Scheme’.

Carers Health and Well Being 
Courses and events to promote Carers Health and Well Being and supporting Carers to protect and manage their own physical, mental and emotional health including Yoga, Pilates, Aqua Aerobics, Aromatherapy,  Massage and ‘Leisure and Lunch’ days.

IT and Communication Skills
We arrange Computer courses, and information workshops on various IT topics, i.e. accessing the Internet or Facebook, Skype, etc.  

West Cork Carers Support Group is a Carer led service and we include Carers at all times in the planning and evaluation of our programme of supports.  We are always open to feedback and suggestions about how to improve the service, and welcome your thoughts and suggestions.