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'Guiding support for family carers'

Welcome to Kaleidoscope - Guiding Family Carers Back to Paid Employment

Supported by Pobal and the Department of Social Protection, the course is managed remotely by a Project Coordinator, Lisa Dunne

Cohort 1 ran from May to July 2021, Cohort 2 from September to December 2021 and Cohort 3 is taking place between January and April 2022. To date, 64 people have accessed the Kaleidoscope course. 

Course participants attend a 12 week part-time course, with the aim of preparing them for paid employment. They have access to life coaches, a job brokerage service and mental health supports.

Our interim report (February 2022) points towards material and sustained improvements in participants’ employment opportunities, employment readiness, wellbeing and overall life satisfaction.

Furthermore, at the time of this report, 7 of the 17 participants in Cohort 1 had secured paid employment. This was a key objective of the project and its funders.

With a level of confidence, we can therefore say that this project is reaching and indeed exceeding its goals.

Further data emerging from the second round of participants suggests that the intervention is at least as effective as that reported by the first group. We will have data in July 2022 from three separate groups of participants.

The project co-ordinators can be contacted by email