Weekends are the by far the most difficult time of the week for full time carers, which is why 24/7 Family Carers in North Leitrim have set up The Saturday Club.
The independent carer support group in North Leitrim have been planning The Saturday Club for over a year, so they were delighted to hold their first club meeting in September and now extend an invite to other carers in the area to get in contact, get involved and benefit from the project.
The support group meet weekly and discovered among their members late last year that weekends were by far the most difficult time of the week.
The group decided to investigate the possibility of starting a club to facilitate carers in the area who would like to have some free time on Saturdays.
With a lot of help and support from the New Ballagh Centre and funds donated to the group by Independent MEP Marian Harkin The Saturday Club is up and running.
According to Olivia Mitchell, chairperson of the group, “We had a very successful first Saturday back in September and our October Saturday Club was held on Saturday 15th. We have a nurse and carer on duty all day and support from our members who volunteer their valuable time to ensure the clients are well cared for throughout the day.”
If there is anyone who feels they would benefit from the club, they should make enquiries by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The group who have carers from across North Leitrim caring for family members of all ages and with a wide range of issues, would also like to also acknowledge grants and donations from the HSE, Gilbert's Pharmacy and Carrickeeney Wind Farm.
They would also like to take this opportunity to ask businesses in the North Leitrim area to please consider them for funding in their 2017 budget, “as we depend on local contrabutions to function” says Olivia.
The support group for 24/7 family carers meets every Thursday from 11- 1pm in the Hub, Park Road, Manorhamilton and monthly in the Dartry Centre, Kinlough. Keep an eye on local notes in for more info.