About the project
Who are Informal or family carers?
Informal or family carers can be defined as persons who provide unpaid care to someone with a chronic illness, disability or other long-lasting health or care need, apart from a professional or formal framework. According to recent research, carers across the EU provide over 80% of all care, with women providing approximately two-thirds of care mainly as daughters (in law) and wives/partners.
These people carry out important care work and, although this can offer personal satisfaction for many, it involves several challenges.
With the cooperation of partners from Greece, Belgium, France and Ireland, the “Learning for Caregivers in Europe (Learn4Carers)” project has the following objectives:
- Exchange of experiences and good practices to support informal or family carers
- Strengthening mutual learning among organisations in relation to support services for informal carers
- Informing professionals providing support services to informal carers
- Raise European citizens’ awareness of the challenges faced by informal carers
- Developing proposals at both local and European level to support informal carers
Activities of the project include:
- Transnational meetings in Athens, Dublin, Brussels and Paris
- Focus groups with family carers, professionals and policymakers
- Discussing, collating and recording the needs of family carers and good practices to support them
- Awareness activities in partner countries
- Project website with informative material
- Social media communications detailing the project as it progresses
01-12-2018 – 30-11-2020