15-02-2011 | Census 2011 Carers Count Campaign

15 February 2011
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 This Census provides a unique opportunity to quantify the unpaid work of Carers and will for the first time include under 15 year old Family Carers. The campaign is being organised by a group representing ten voluntary agencies, including DFI and the lead organisation is the Carers Association. The purpose of the campaign is to ensure that Carers are aware that Question 22 about "unpaid help" is about Family Carers and to ensure all Family Carers, part-time and full-time, complete it.

Following examination of the results of the earlier Census in Northern Ireland and the UK, it is believed that Carers in Ireland are under-represented in the Census of 2006. The gap is mainly in the group of carers who are also in paid employment and under age carers, though there is also a deficit in the fulltime carers numbers.

The group, chaired by Frank Goodwin of the Carers Association, are asking all those who provide regular unpaid personal help for a relative or friend to make your mark on question 22 and list your hours.

Accurate answers to Q22 depends on Carers:

  1. Recognising that they are Carers and that Question 22's "Unpaid help" refers to them.
  2. Accurately counting their hours of caring per week.

This is a non-political campaign and is supported by the CSO.

You may contact the campaign by e-mailing: cduffy@carersireland.com

website: http://www.carersireland.com


Attached Documents

PDF icon CSO Carers Poster (cso_carers_poster_A4.pdf | 1.23 MB)
PDF icon Carers Campaign Leaflet (Leaflet_260111.pdf | 2.04 MB)
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