Grundtvig Learning Partnership
Self-assessment of their needs by Family Carers: The pathway to support
Since August 2010, EUROCARERS has been participating in a European project on Family Carers as an associate partner responsible for the dissemination of the project results at an EU level. The name of the project is “Self-assessment of their needs by Family Carers: The pathway to support”. It brings together 14 national NGOs and 2 European umbrella organizations. The partnership is coordinated by Unapei, a French umbrella organization defending the rights and interests of persons with intellectual disabilities and their families.
The objective of the partnership is to identify, at EU level, good practices in the field of awareness raising and training aimed at promoting the self-assessment of their needs by Family Carers. Indeed, it is key that they take these steps to gain awareness of their difficulties, to define their needs and to ask for adequate support. Absorbed as they are by their commitment to their relatives, Family Carers often neglect their own needs and the outside support they could seek. Often, they don’t even consider themselves as carers but simply as a parent or spouse, and they have no knowledge of their rights. Ultimately, the aim is to prevent social exclusion of families and to ensure quality care for persons with dependency needs.
The project will lead to the development, by summer 2012, of recommendations for the design of tools (training programmes, guidebooks etc …) aimed at meeting the needs of carers.
In order to find solutions adapted to the diversity of situations, the working group brings together associations from nine countries, with various scopes (NGOs active in the field of disability or Alzheimer disease, Family Carers’ organizations, and general family organisations) and involved Family Carers at all stages with a participatory approach.
Beyond brainstorming on self-assessment, the project also encompasses study visits with the aim of understanding better the various schemes of help to carers existing in Europe.
The project is funded with support from the European Lifelong Learning Programme “Grundtvig”, aimed at the promotion of adult education.