Joanna Fortune hosts Family Carers Ireland online ‘Carers’ Coffee Club’

Guidance and support for family carers during COVID-19

Psychotherapist and parenting expertJoanna Fortune is set to hosts Family Carers Ireland’s online ‘Carers’ Coffee Club’, an online resource for family carers to get together via Facebook Live. The next ‘Club’ will take place on Thursday, April 23rd at 11am with guest Joanna Fortune, Psychotherapist who will answer question on how to approach parenting during a Pandemic when you have additional care needs to consider.

Joanna will speak about her 15 Minute Parenting Model and how play is an ongoing and necessary part of the parent-child relationship. She will also offer practical techniques and tools to support you and your child or young person through this difficult time.

The ‘Carers’ Coffee Club’ will see a range of top health care professionals and experts providing online support, advice and guidance to family carers during the pandemic every Thursday at 11am via Facebook Live. The organisation is inviting family carers and others to submit their questions online which the expert guests will address in the coming weeks.

Many family cares report feeling isolated in their role caring for a loved one. During the emergency, this group of vulnerable people are further cut-off from society and many have lost the small bit of assistance they had from homecare workers, support centres and public health workers. The ‘Carer’s Coffee Club’ is to provide a social outlet for family carers who are under tremendous pressure and to help offer guidance for how to respond to COVID-19.

Catherine Cox, Head of Communications and Carer Engagement with Family Carers Ireland said,

“The Carers Coffee Club is a chance for family carers to make themselves a cup of tea and join us for a chat. We will offer expert advice, guidance and answer some of the questions that have been weighing on them. Family Carers prop up the health care service with their selfless care of a sick or infirm loved-one all year round and now more than ever it is vital that we as a society do everything possible to support them to remain caring safely in their homes and relieve the pressure on Irish health care system.”

Family Carers Ireland is the national charity supporting and advocating on behalf the 355,000 family carers across the country who care for loved ones such as children or adults with physical or intellectual disabilities, frail older people, the terminally ill or those suffering from chronic illnesses or addiction. It provides a range of services and supports for family carers through its 22 resource centres nationwide and through our National Freephone Careline 1800 240724Family Carer’s Ireland’s Emergency Care Guide for family carers is available from www.familycarers.ie