Thursday 23 January 2020

Foyle Chapter hold 'Caring for Carers' event

Foyle women support local community to make a difference

A ‘Caring for Carers’ Event took place on Wednesday 15 January in The White Horse Hotel, Derry ~ Londonderry as part of a Community Project delivered by women from the Foyle Chapter of The Next Chapter PEACE IV project.

The Next Chapter aims to improve the representation of women in community, public and political life and contribute to a more gender sensitive society in Northern Ireland and the border regions of the republic of Ireland. Powered by Politics Plus in conjunction with Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) and Irish Rural Link, The Next Chapter is funded through the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Match-funding for the project has also been provided by the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland and the Executive Office in Northern Ireland.

Photo: Members of the Foyle Chapter with therapists offering a range of health and wellbeing treatments at the event.

In recognition of the tireless work of carers, women from the Foyle Chapter invited parents of children who attend Ardnashee School and College for a morning of relaxation and restoration with therapy sessions such as Reflexology and Indian Head Massage, followed by a group session on Mindfulness. Invited guests were delighted to be joined by the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Councillor Michaela Boyle and together they listened to a talk promoting mental health wellness.

Photo: Over 20 parents of pupils at Ardnashee School & College attended the 'Caring for Carers' Event along with the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Councillor Michaela Boyle and staff from The Next Chapter

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Councillor Michaela Boyle said: “As a former MLA involved with the work of The Next Chapter and Politics Plus through the Northern Ireland Assembly Women’s Caucus, I am delighted to attend this event organised by women from the local Foyle Chapter. Women continue to be the backbone of society and ‘Caring for Carers’ demonstrates that women can and will make a difference when it comes to what matters to them most.”

Photo: Regional Co-Ordinator Mary McDonald welcomed everyone and introduced the Foyle Chapter Community Project

Marie Dunne, Hopeful Minds, said: “It was a pleasure to be part of such an amazing event. Parents and carers who look after children with special needs are very inspirational people, they give so much of themselves in caring, that leaves themselves with little left for self. This event was an opportunity to let them know they are valued and to remind them about the importance to care by introducing hope and resilience into their lives.”

Photo: Marie Dunne, Hopeful Minds, delivered a talk promoting mental health wellness

Danielle Flood, member of the Foyle Chapter added: “Our ‘Caring for Carers’ Community Project was brought together by six strong woman; together we can achieve what we believe in ways that bring hope to the future.”

A further Next Chapter event ‘An Audience with Bronagh Hinds’ Compered by Freya McClements highlighting the story of the NI Women's Coalition, a cross-community party formed in 1996 by local working & middle-class women, will take place at the Guildhall on Monday 10 February at 7.00pm. Register on Eventbrite for this free event.

More information on The Next Chapter can be found at


For further information on this press release contact Liz Beaton, Politics Plus 07786 437991

1. Politics Plus was established in 2013. It aims to create a positive future for politics by encouraging      engagement between elected representatives and public officials at all levels of government; strengthening the role of women in political and public life; and delivering international development and exchange programmes for elected representatives and public officials in states affected by conflict and instability.
2. The Next Chapter will contribute to the Special EU Programmes Body’s overarching programme output of regional level projects that result in meaningful, purposeful and sustained contact between persons from different communities.
3. For more information on the work of The Next Chapter, please visit