Below are a list of advocacy services that may be useful for you. Please note that if you are looking for support around Carers Payments and the Habitual Residency Condition please contact Crosscare Migrant Project on 01 873 2844 Advocacy Support.
Citizens information Services:
Information providers advocate at different levels in relation to difficulties with access to social welfare, housing, health and employment. They can help in explaning and filling in forms as well as explaining the appeals process. There is a national network of Citizens Information Centres, for details of your nearest centre contact Locall 1890 777 121 or visit www.citizensinformation.ie
A new National Advocacy Service is to be set up to provide independent, representative advocacy services for people with disabilities. It will be managed by five Citizens Information Services and supported by the Citizens Information Board. The Minister for Social Protection, Éamon Ó Cuív TD made the announcement on 5th October 2010. From January 2011 the new Service will take over the work of the 46 pilot advocacy projects, with a particular remit for more vulnerable people with disabilities.
For more information see http://www.citizensinformationboard.ie/services/advocacy_services
A national voluntary organisation working to promote the rights of people with an intellectual disability in Ireland to ensure their full and equal participation in society.
Bri, Aquired Brain Injury Advocacy Service:
BRí Advocacy Service works to promote justice and create equality of opportunity and participation. This is done through Personal Representative Advocacy, Group Peer Advocacy and Lobbying. From 16th December 2011 Bri's Advocacy Service cases will be transferred to the new National Advocacy Scheme.
National Youth Council of Ireland:
Advocacy work focusing specifically on the needs of young people.
For more information see http://www.youth.ie/advocacy
National Advocacy Partnership Alliance:
Since in 2008 the National Advocacy Programme has developed quite significantly. The first part of the three pronged approach was to develop a website that would inform the public about Nursing Homes/Community Units available in their area. This site has been developed as http://www.myhomefromhome.ie/ and is available to search for information on finding a nursing home in your area.
Irish Advocacy Network: Peer support for people experiencing mental health difficulties. There are regional advocates available for most health board areas in Ireland.
HeadSpace Toolkit: Self-advocacy and rights based toolkit for young pople accessing inpatient mental health services. Includes worksheets and information about young peoples mental health services. For more information see http://www.headspaceireland.ie
National Advocacy Council: The council was set up in 1999, to make sure that managers, directors and others hear the voices of people in the Brothers of Charity Services. For more information see http://www.nationaladvocacycouncil.ie/national/index.htm
There are a number of tax credits available.
These tax credits include
- Incapacitated Child Tax Credit (download information below)
- One Parent Family Tax Credit
- Blind Person Tax Credit
- Dependent Relative Tax Credit (download information below)
- Incapacitated Person- Allowance for Employing a Carer (download information below)
Repayment may be claimed by disabled persons of the VAT paid on certain special aids and appliances. The relief is also available in certain circumstances to persons other than disabled persons who purchase such goods for handing over to a particular disabled person.
Full information is available here
There are a number of different schemes and services available through the HSE. Click the link below to link directly to their webpage. This contains information on the following topics
- Public Health Nurses – Role and services
- Home Help – to apply for home help you need to go through your public health nurse.
- Home Care Packages - Home Care Packages comprise services and supports such as community health nursing, therapy services, home help services and access to both day and respite care provided to enable people, assessed as needing such supports, to return home from an acute hospital or to prevent admission to an acute hospital or long term residential care. You need to contact your local health centre for more information on the availability of these.
- Training for Carers
- Medication – advice and pointers for dealing with medication
- Hospital Charges
- Drug Payment Scheme
- Medical Card
- Long-term illness card
- HSE Website
- Benefits and Entitlements Older People
- Home Care Packages
- Carers and Relatives
- Disability Services
- HIQA website: Standards in health and social care services
Grants and Schemes:
- Nursing Home Support Scheme:
The Nursing Home Support Scheme came into operation on October 27th 2009 and replaced the Nursing Home Subvention. People going into nursing homes will be able to defer payment for their care until after their death, when the State will be able to recoup up to 15 per cent of the value of their home to cover the cost of their care. The scheme has no minimum age limit which means that younger adults living in residential institutions for people with disabilities will come under the same rules. See our October 2009 newsletter for a summary of the main points.
Nursing Home Support Scheme: A Fair Deal
The Seniors Alert Scheme provides grant support for the supply of equipment to enable older people without sufficient means to continue to live securely in their homes.This scheme is administered by local community and voluntary groups registered with the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (CDGRA). The purpose of the Scheme is to encourage and assist the community's support for older people by means of a community based grant scheme to improve the security of its older members.
Seniors Alert - Citizens Information Leaflet
- Bereavement Grant:
The Bereavement Grant administered by the Department of Social and Family Affairs is a once-off payment to help with funeral costs. Eligibility is usually based on PRSI contributions and is not related to ability to pay for the funeral. The grant is also paid on the death of a person who has been getting a contributory pension or on the death of their spouse, partner or someone for whom the contributory pensioner would have been getting an Increase for a Qualified Adult.
- Supplementary Welfare Allowance:
Supplementary welfare allowance is a scheme administered by Community Welfare Officers in the HSE on behalf of the Department of Social and Family Affairs. People with low incomes may qualify for an exceptional needs payment which is a single payment to help meet essential, once off, exceptional costs which the person could not reasonably be expected to meet out of their weekly income.
Community Welfare Services
There are a number of grants available for adapting your home to meet the needs of the person you are caring for. You can apply for these through your local authority, the links below are to Dublin City Council, you will need to contact your local authority to get the relevant form for that area.
From Tuesday 30th April 2013 applications for Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability and Mobility Aids Grant and Housing Aid for Older People will only be accepted from applicants who are of the highest medical priority. Further detail can be obtained by contacting the Home Grants Office on Tel: 01 2222195.
Click Dublin City Council: Renovate Your Home for more information
- Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability
The Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability is there to help people have works done which are reasonably necessary to make a house more suitable for a person with a disability to live in. The person’s disability must be lasting and involve physical, sensory, mental health or learning difficulties. The types of works covered include the fitting of access ramps, downstairs toilet, stair-lifts, level access showers, changes to allow wheelchair access, extensions, and any other works which are reasonable necessary to make a house more suitable for a person with a disability to live in.
- The Mobility Aids Housing Grant Scheme
The Mobility Aids Housing Grant Scheme covers a basic range of works to fix problems with mobility most often, but not always, caused by aging. The works covered include grab rails, access ramps, level access showers, stair-lifts, and other small works reasonably necessary to make a house more suitable for a person with mobility problems to live in.
- The Housing Aid for Older People Grant Scheme
The Housing Aid for Older People Grant Scheme is there to help older people living in poor housing conditions to make necessary repairs or improvements to their houses. The types of works covered by the scheme include re-roofing, re-wiring, putting in central heating (where none exists).
Older People Grant Scheme see website for more information
The amount of your grant is calculated on the basis on your gross household income. This includes both you and your spouse/partner (if applicable).
The table below shows the grants available based on different types of income
Gross Maximum Household
% Of Costs Available
Maximum Grant Available
Up to €30,000
€30,001 - €34,000
€34,001 - €38,000
€38,001 - €42,000
€42,001 - €46,000
€46,001 - €50,000
€50,001 - €54,000
€54,001 - €65,000
In excess of €65,000
No grant is payable
No grant is payable