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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 took place between January and April 2022. To date, 63 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. Data from the second and third cohort of participants suggests that the intervention is at least as effective as that reported by the first cohort. 

19 of the 64 participants have secured paid employment, whilst others have returned to education. This was a key objective of the project and its funders.

In April 2022 a Care Aware seminar was delivered to employers.

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

The project co-ordinator can be contacted by email