CAREWELL Conversations Podcast

Raising awareness about the issues and challenges facing family carers who combine work and care.

Latest Episode

‘Supporting family carers in Irish workplaces – A trade union perspective” CAREWELL Conversations

Previous Episodes

Episode One

‘Policies and practices that provide support for family carers in the workplace’ CAREWELL Conversations

Episode Two

European Perspective on Working Carers CAREWELL Conversations

Pilot Episode

CAREWELL Project Introduction CAREWELL Conversations

In our third episode, ‘Supporting family carers in Irish workplaces – A trade union perspective”, Dr Majella Fahy, from the CAREWELL team at UCD is joined in conversation by Mr David Joyce, Policy Officer for Equality and Development at Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU). They discuss how trade unions can represent working family carers to help raise awareness around the issues and challenges they face in the workplace, and examine the issues through a gendered lens. Podcast released on 24th May 2022

“I’d encourage people to engage with their unions because you know the more conversations that happen, the more likely that we are going to get the change that we need”

Mr. David Joyce, Policy Officer for Equality and Development at Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU)

In our first episode, ‘Policies and practices that provide support for family carers in the workplace’, Dr Majella Fahy, from the CAREWELL team at UCD is joined in conversation by CIPD Ireland, Director, Ms Mary Connaughton to discuss solutions to the issues and challenges facing employers and working family carers. CIPD guide on creating a carer friendly workplace available here. Podcast released on 28th April 2022

“There’s a national need, as well as an individual need that actually we do address this topic.”

Mary Connaughton Director CIPD Ireland

In our second episode, “European Perspective on Working Carers”, Dr. Nikki Dunne, Research Manager at Family Carers Ireland is joined in conversations by Mr. Stecy Yghemonos, Executive Director of Eurocarers to discuss the EU Directive on Work Life Balance and the importance of the collaborative approach to advocating for those in a caring role facilitated by Eurocarers. which can influence change such as that outlined by the EU Directive and outlines some of Eurocarers aspirations for the future. Podcast released on 10th May 2022

“It is important to establish a dialogue with employers and trade unions who need to understand carers leave and flexible working are not barriers to productivity”

Mr. Stecy Yghemonos, Executive Director of Eurocarers

In the pilot episode of “CAREWELL conversations” Mr. Brian Doyle, a member of the CAREWELL team and producer of the podcast series is joined in conversation by Dr Attracta Lafferty and Dr Niki Dunne, to discuss the CAREWELL Project and its aims, the work completed so far and what the future holds for the project. Podcast released on 8th April 2022

“Working carers, balancing paid employment alongside a caring role are a group that we’ve been concerned about for a long time”

Dr Nikki Dunne Research Manager Family Carers Ireland