Clarecare volunteers will soon be asking for your support throughout the county. Over a hundred and twenty collectors are preparing for the Clarecare Annual Church Gate Collection which takes place in most parishes on Saturday and Sunday, June 10th and 11th.

All money raised will be used to fund critical services that are not fully funded by statutory grants

According to Clarecare General Manager, Fiacre Hensey, “Clarecare is the largest Clare based, not for profit organisation providing a broad range of support services for the people of Clare. The unique range of services on offer includes Parents’ Support Groups, Family Support Services, Older Persons Services including Home Care Packages, Social Work and Day Centre services, Adult Counselling, Information and Tracing, a Citizens Information Centre, Bushypark Addiction Treatment Centre and two thrift shops.”

The care and wellbeing of older persons is a primary focus of Clarecare. In 2016 Clarecare delivered 200,356 Home Help hours and 80,638 Home Care Package hours to Clare people. The Home Care Package hours represented a significant increase on the 2015 figures.

Over 31,123 meals were provided in people’s homes by home helps, and 8,658 meals were provided in the 4 Clarecare meals centres of Ennis, Miltown Malbay, Ennistymon and Killaloe.

Clarecare Family Support services work year round with individual children and parents, and jointly with families in their own homes. In 2016 hundreds attended the parenting and children’s groups throughout the year and 244 young people countywide benefitted from attending Clarecare Youth Mental Health initiatives.

8,370 queries from 5,290 individual callers were recorded in the Shannon Office Community Information Centre.

Bushypark Addiction Treatment Centre celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016.In that period, over 2,200 clients accessed the residential treatment programme and in excess of 5,000 family members received support in dealing with a loved ones’ addiction issues.

In facilitating easy access to services, Clarecare seeks to work with people in their own community and, when appropriate, in their own homes. All Clarecare services are based in Clare, with offices operating in Ennis, Bushypark, Kilrush, Killaloe, Shannon, Miltown Malbay and Ennistymon.

A wide range of people of all ages access the services. The vast majority are resident in County Clare however some have Clare connections but live elsewhere. The services of the Bushypark Addiction Treatment Centre and Outreach Services are open to all, regardless of place of residence.

Given the increased demand for services, Clarecare plans to develop a purpose built facility in Shannon in the near future.

According to General Manager Fiacre Hensey, “It is very important that Clarecare plans for sustained delivery of our much needed services. With that in mind, we are now at the planning stage for a purpose built facility in Shannon.  The value of having a building that is designed around the needs of those using the services and in a location of high demand is immeasurable. The success of our building in Killaloe is proof of how important it is to be able to offer a wide range of services to people in their community. We intend to replicate this level of service in Shannon”

Clarecare liaises with bodies including The Dept. of Health, Tusla, the HSE, the Dept. of Justice, Dept. of Social Protection, Clare County Council and Health Insurers in order to ensure the best use of available resources. Currently there are almost 500 staff members, with 370 employed as part-time Home Helps, 74 core staff and 33 as Community Employment Scheme participants.

Mr. Hensey acknowledged that the church gate collections play a vital role in supporting the work of Clarecare, “Although not-for-profit organisations like Clarecare continue to struggle, due to a lack of funding, the response from the people of Clare to last year’s Annual Church Gate Collection was fantastic. Both staff and volunteers were very moved by the generosity of the local community. Knowing that such support is there keeps us going, and for that we are most grateful.”

These collections are only possible because of the generous support of so many people. Volunteers are an essential part in the running and development of a wide range of Clarecare services.  The funds raised by collectors transform Clare lives.

In the interests of accountability and transparency relevant details from the latest audited accounts can be viewed in the Annual Report on the Clarecare website and if anyone wishes to offer support or to avail of Clarecare supports they can contact 065 682 8178 or visit www.clarecare.ie

For further information or to arrange an interview please contact

Fiacre Hensey, Clarecare General Manager          087 2802948

Ciana Campbell, Communications Specialist         087 6815635

 

 

 

 

For further information or to arrange an interview please contact

Fiacre Hensey, Clarecare General Manager          087 2802948

Ciana Campbell, Communications Specialist         087 6815635