Minister Launches a Study on the Lives of Children who Play a Caring Role

Minister Launches a Study on the Lives of Children who Play a Caring Role-image

Monday, 10 May 2010

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Barry Andrews TD today launched a report on the lives of young carers in Ireland at the National Conference of the Carers Association in Croke Park. Speaking at the launch, Minister Andrews said: "Study of Young Cares in the Irish Population was commissioned by my Office and undertaken by the Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway. It is the first national qualitative study of young carers in Ireland and gives an insight into the lives of children and young people, who provide care in the home and uncovers the reality of their situation". "While the report is preliminary and exploratory, it does mark an important milestone in improving our understanding of the positive and negative impacts for children who are involved in caring and makes a positive contribution to policy development and debate on this issue", stated Minister Andrews. "It is encouraging that the report notes that many of the young carers or their households received supports, which they found helpful", added the Minister. Minister Andrews noted that in 2010, HSE funding of approximately €210 million will provide nearly 12 million Home Help hours in respect of an estimated 54,500 clients. Home Help support is generally provided for people with needs, over the age of 65 years. "However, the service is flexible and the remaining 15% of the budget supports clients under the age of 65 years. This service represents an important indirect support for young carers. In addition, young carers who are over 16 may be eligible for the Respite Care Grant if they are providing full time care, which is administered by the Department of Social Protection" added the Minister. "My Office will help to raise the profile of young carers by disseminating and making available, an attractive six page briefing note highlighting this study's key messages" concluded Minister Andrews. Dr Allyn Fives, a co-author of the report, from the Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway, presented the study's key findings. Dr Fives explained that young carers who took part in this study performed such tasks as helping with domestic chores, general care including help with feeding, medication and mobility. "Some young carers also provided psychological or emotional support or provided intimate care, involving toileting, dressing and bathing. Looking after siblings was also identified as a way in which some young people took on a caring role. Other types of care included seeking support from service providers, translating and interpreting information, helping with paying bills, post or telephone calls" he continued. Dr Fives noted that both positive and negative impacts of caring were identified in the study. "Caring for a family member can have positive impacts for young people. It can lead to greater maturity and compassion as well as closeness to the person cared for by the young person. However, for some young people there can be negative impacts, including absence from or distraction while at school, feeling socially isolated, becoming ill, and experiencing feelings of boredom, worry and resentment" added Dr Fives. "It is important to differentiate between a level of caring that has largely positive consequences and a level of physical or emotional caring that impairs the child's health, development or welfare" he concluded. -Ends-

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Calling NUI Galway Classes of 2000 and 2005

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Monday, 10 May 2010

NUI Galway is inviting graduates from the classes of 2000 and 2005 to attend its Reunion BBQ on Saturday, 5 June. The Reunion BBQ will begin at 7pm in the Students' Union Bar, Áras na Mac Léinn, overlooking the River Corrib. The Reunion will bring together those classes celebrating their 10th and 5th reunions for a fun, informal evening on campus. Entertainment will be provided by a band and DJ playing music from the late 90s and 2000s. JB Terrins, Director of Alumni Relations, encourages alumni to come along, "Reunion is that perfect excuse to put the date in your diary and say 'Right, that's the day we'll all get together again'. Busy lives mean that old friends fall out of touch and we're told regularly that graduates look for these occasions to pull out the stops. Many alumni from the classes of 2000 and 2005 have already booked their places and they never regret making the effort. You never know who'll be there". The Alumni Association serves over 70,000 alumni worldwide with an extensive range of programmes administered by the Alumni Office. These include Alumni Clubs, both national and international, Alumni Publications, Reunions and Alumni Awards. Graduates who are interested in getting involved with any of the above programmes are encouraged to contact the Alumni Office for further details. Register at http://www.nuigalway.ie/alumni/reunion10.htmlor for further information contact Colm O'Dwyer in the Alumni Office on 091 493750 or email alumni@nuigalway.ie -Ends-

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NUI Galway Announce Honorary Doctorates 2010

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Thursday, 6 May 2010

NUI Galway has announced the graduands to be conferred with Honorary Degrees on Friday, 25 June 2010. Bernard Collins, Chairman VHI; Board member IDA Ireland and Cancer Care West; former senior executive Boston Scientific Corporation. Anne Maria Dennison, National President, Irish Countrywomen s Association (ICA), the largest women's organization in Ireland. The ICA celebrates its Centenary in 2010. John Killeen, CEO of the Colas Group (Cold Chon); Chairman of the Galway Docklands Redevelopment Committee; Chairman, Let's do it Ireland (Galway Volvo Ocean Race Stopover); former President of The Academy of Engineering and The Institution of Engineers of Ireland. Seán Ó hUiginn, Irish Diplomat, former Ambassador to United States and Germany. Commenting on the announcement of this year s graduands, Dr James J. Browne, President of NUI Galway, said: "NUI Galway is fortunate to be associated with many outstanding honorary graduates throughout its history; and those being honoured this year form a very distinguished group. In different ways, they represent and exemplify the talents and achievements of modern Ireland in the fields of business, engineering, international relations and social and cultural development. We are delighted to honor them individually as well as the groups they represent." -Ends-

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Fair Ireland Forum at NUI Galway Launch Dialogue Series with Inaugural Event

Fair Ireland Forum at NUI Galway Launch Dialogue Series with Inaugural Event-image

Thursday, 6 May 2010

The Human Rights of Children and Families: Prevention, Intervention and Support in Times of Crisis NUI Galway will host the first event in a dialogue series for 2010, organised by the Fair Ireland Forum, on the topic of 'The Human Rights of Children and Families: prevention, intervention and support in times of crisis'. The event will take place on Tuesday, 11 May at 7pm, in the Bank of Ireland Theatre at Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway. The dialogue will be between Professor Pat Dolan, UNESCO Chairholder of Children, Youth and Civic Engagement, and Fiona Neary, Director of Rape Crisis Network Ireland The topic of this dialogue is one of great significance in light of the proposed Children's Rights Referendum, which would create a constitutional framework for the rights of children. There have been calls for the Government to set a date for the referendum. Continuing revelations of child abuse within the family home and reports of a recent increase in domestic violence also pose threats to human rights. The response of government, policy makers and support workers to these challenges, and how they create and implement prevention and intervention strategies and provide for survivors of abuse and neglect, particularly in times of economic recession, will impact generations of Irish citizens and residents. Fiona Neary and Professor Dolan bring a combined experience of over 35 years of scholarship, support and frontline work in defending the rights of children, adolescents and women and will discuss the opportunities and challenges of protecting and supporting children and families in times of crisis. Fergal Landy, a researcher at the Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway, said: "This event and the Fair Ireland Forum initiative is a contribution to the national conversation about the current challenges we face and the type of society we want to have, now and in the future. We are delighted to launch this series of events with a dialogue between two eminent individuals who have demonstrated leadership skills in their respective fields and we welcome all the people of Galway to come to the University and to participate fully in the event and future events". The Fair Ireland Forum is an initiative of members of the NUI Galway academic community that aims to create space for the University and the wider community to participate in and make concrete contributions to public debates on the current challenges facing Ireland – grounded in principles of fairness, social inclusion, democratic governance, accountability and respect for human rights. The 2010 Dialogue series will deal with topics of immediate and critical concern to Ireland featuring a host of distinguished academics and members of civil society. The inaugural discussion will be facilitated by Dr Lionel Pilkington of the School of Humanities, NUI Galway, and is free and open to the public. There will be a public discussion/question- and-answer period following the dialogue. Further information can be attained by contacting stacy.furlong@nuigalway.ie or visiting the website, www.fairirelandforum.org. -Ends-

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NUI Galway Courses Shortlisted for Postgraduate Awards

NUI Galway Courses Shortlisted for Postgraduate Awards-image

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Four NUI Galway postgraduate courses have been shortlisted for the fourth national gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards 2010. The award winners will be announced on Thursday, 20 May, at a reception in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin. The two NUI Galway courses shortlisted for the Postgraduate Course of the Year in Business Award are the Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing Practice and MSc in Corporate Strategy and People Management. The MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Media and MSc in Neuropharmacology have been shortlisted for the Postgraduate Course of the Year in Science and Engineering Award. NUI Galway is the only university from the Republic of Ireland to have been shortlisted for this category in the 2010 awards. This is the first year of the Postgraduate Course of the Year Awards, which recognise excellence amongst Irish postgraduate course providers. The winning courses will be judged on the success of the course including employability of graduates, recognition of the course's quality or ranking by external bodies, research record of academic staff, and providing a good experience for students. Judges will also take feedback from students into consideration when selecting a winner. The Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing Practice course at NUI Galway is a one-year specialised and innovative full-time postgraduate programme which was specifically designed to provide Irish business graduates with professional marketing experience early in their careers, while allowing Irish companies to develop and enhance their marketing capabilities. The one-year full-time MSc in Corporate Strategy and People Management provides students with a deep and analytical understanding of strategic management and people development in the knowledge-based economy. The programme focuses equally on both fields and on their various interfaces. The MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Media teaches technological tools and techniques to enable students to express themselves creatively using both traditional and unconventional technologies. It seeks to marry creative potential, technical possibilities and business prospects. It offers professional education at graduate level in digital technology, creative thinking, applied design and entrepreneurial approaches to building a business. The Discipline of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at NUI Galway has been actively engaged in neuropharmacological research for over 30 years. In 1998, it introduced the MSc in Neuropharmacology to provide students with the skills necessary to develop a career in this area of research. Valerie Leahy, Postgraduate Admissions Officer at NUI Galway, said: "We are delighted to make the shortlist for these inaugural awards; it's great that the calibre of our postgraduate courses is being acknowledged. The four courses in question are still accepting applications now so those interested can apply online via the Postgraduate Applications Centre at www.pac.ie". NUI Galway offers a wide range of fourth level courses, developing programmes based on its traditional academic strengths of Arts, Social Sciences, Celtic Studies, Commerce, Medicine, Nursing, Health Science, Law, Engineering, Informatics and Science. These areas have been augmented with innovative Research Centres in areas as diverse as Biomedical Engineering, International Human Rights, Digital Media & Film Studies, and Regenerative Medicine. Almost 3,500 postgraduate students currently attend NUI Galway with many of them traveling from overseas. For further information on any of the Postgraduate courses available at NUI Galway call 091-492844 or visit www.nuigalway.ie/postgrad. Ends

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