To alleviate the impacts of COVID-19 policies, many initiatives have been developed by civil society organisations – NGOs, local governments, or citizens. A team of national researchers from the RESISTIRÉ project has collected and highlighted a set of particularly relevant initiatives in 27 European countries and in Iceland, Serbia, the United Kingdom and Turkey. These Better Stories cover eight specific domains: gender-based violence, the labour market, the economy, gender-pay and pension gaps, gender care gaps, decision-making and politics, environmental justice, human and fundamental rights.
This Better Story was collected by Alicja Bobek
The Family Carer Support project aims to provide much-needed assistance to families caring for older individuals. This initiative benefited from the funding provided by the Rethink Ireland’s Innovate Together Fund, which was established in response to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thanks to the Innovate Together Fund, several projects were awarded, and the Family Carer Support project was among those recognized during the second round of funding allocations. The programme’s goal was to influence the way family carers of elderly individuals are supported in the future.
Addressing the needs of family carers during challenging times
The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the vital importance of adequately addressing the needs of family carers, both during and after the crisis. For that, the Family Carer Support project took a pioneering approach. It implemented an innovative model that included risk assessment, triage, and intervention strategies.
Employing a forward-thinking model
By employing this exemplar model, the project aimed to enhance the overall support available to family carers, ensuring that they receive the necessary resources and assistance to continue providing quality care to older individuals.