Aware is the national organisation providing support, education and information services for those impacted by depression, bipolar disorder and other mood-related conditions. Founded in 1985 the organisation was developed in response to the clear need for information, understanding and support, both for individuals with a diagnosis of depression or bipolar disorder as well as family members supporting a loved one.
The organisation has grown and flourished into a nationwide presence providing a wide range of free services to individuals and communities throughout Ireland today. These services include a Support Line, Support Mail and Support & Self Care Groups, along with a range of positive mental health programmes, designed to empower people with the skills and tools to look after their mental health.
Aware saw a significant and sustained increase in demand for our services in 2020, with the organisation supporting over 50,000 people via our support and education services, and over 1m people accessing our website for information and resources. As Aware only receives approximately 25% in State funding each year, we rely heavily on the support of the public, community and corporate organisations to ensure that we can continue to serve the Irish public with free support, education and information supports, regardless of the circumstances.
Thank you for choosing to support Aware’s work and best of luck to all the participants competing in the Dublin Bike Ride challenge.
We are Irish Hospice Foundation. Every death matters and we only have one chance to get it right. We are working to ensure the best end-of-life and bereavement care, for all. From advocacy and education, to our vital services like Nurses for Night Care and our Bereavement Support Line, we believe in the importance of dying well and grieving well wherever the place.
We fund Nurses for Night Care for people dying with illnesses other than cancer. Nurses for Night Care enable people with diseases like dementia, motor neurone disease, heart failure and end stage kidney disease to receive expert nursing care and support at night in their own homes in their final days. The nurses provide night nursing care, practical support and reassurance for the person and for their families in the last days of their life.
We observe that the impact of Covid-19 has resulted in a shift towards delivery of care in the community. We have seen referral figures increasing by over 16% on the same period last year. In 2021, we provided 2,763 nights of nursing care and delivered this vital healthcare service to 921 people across Ireland. Nurses for Night Care supports people across all counties, expert care is delivered to people dying at home and their families. About €1,150,000 is needed to fund the service in 2022. Voluntary funds like those raised through the Great Irish Bike Ride are vital in making this care a reality.
Bereavement Support Line
We started our national Bereavement Support line, in partnership with the HSE as a response to the pandemic. A pandemic that left so many people grieving in isolation or with very limited social support. Every day, people in Ireland experience the death of someone close. It may be a COVID-related death or a death from other causes. Our Bereavement Support Line is there to provide comfort, connection and support for those who are grieving or are concerned about someone who has been bereaved.
1,263 grieving people called our free National Bereavement Support line in 2021.
Thanks to supporters like you a kind, listening ear is there to answer calls from those in need of bereavement support in 2022 and beyond. Please remember, if you, or someone you know, is grieving and needs support, our National Bereavement Support Line is there for you — 1800 80 70 77 — weekdays, 10am - 1pm.
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At Chesire Ireland we provide a vast range of services to people with both physical a, sensory and neurological conditions, who often have very complex and high support needs.
To best accommodate our service users as well as their carers, our support services are offered in private homes, residential centres, community clusters and stand-alone respite facities. with over 250 people across Ireland using our services, Cheshire Ireland is the largest supported accommodation provider in the country.
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Rethink Ireland (previously Social Innovation Fund Ireland) supports the most innovative non-profit organisations working in communities across the country. We believe that a team effort is more effective than working alone. So joining forces with the Government, companies, families, individuals and foundations, who understand as we do that lasting change demands new thinking, is how we do business.
Together we create funds to help innovations rise to the challenges of our most pressing social and environmental issues. Our cash grants and business supports enable social innovations to develop and maximise their impact. This is our venture philanthropy model. The groups we support and the donors who support us don’t just think differently.
They act decisively on their ideas to build a more equal, just and sustainable Ireland.
MS Ireland is the national organisation providing information, vital services and support to the MS community. We provide a wide range of specialised services and resources on a national, regional and local level. Services include; Regional Community Worker programmes for one-to-one support; physiotherapy; symptom management courses; newly diagnosed sessions and the MS Information Line, one of the first services used in the time leading up to or following a diagnosis. We also provide the only national respite and therapy centre for people with MS in Ireland.
More than two-thirds of the 9,000 people living with MS in Ireland access these resources. All those affected by the condition rely on MS Ireland to advocate on their behalf on any issues which will impact their quality of life. Click here for our Mission, Vision and Values as an organisation.