Clarecare is the largest Clare based voluntary agency providing caring services for the people of Clare. It is a Company Limited by guarantee and a Registered Charity. Clarecare is supported by a partnership with the HSE, by charitable funding, by various Government Departments and by the Diocese of Killaloe. Co-operation and a willingness and flexibility to work with other voluntary organisations, communities and other statutory agencies, is a core part of the organisation’s philosophy.
‘Our mission is to work with people in a caring and respectful way to assist in improving their quality of life. In so doing we aim to be accessible, responsive, innovative and professional.’
Clarecare, originally Clare Social Service Council, the brainchild of Mr Joe Boland, County Manager, and Dr. Michael Harty, Bishop of Killaloe was set up in November 1968. Its development was part of a national drive in the late 1960s as a means for coordinating and developing local services for the elderly. CSSC began as a parish based organisation with 23 affiliated organisations and the initial focus of work was on the provision of services for older persons. By the end of the 1970s CSSC had extended into services for children and families as more needs were identified. The organisation started from a volunteer base and as the needs developed took on full time professionals to provide different services.
CSSC became Clarecare in 1987. The services delivered by Clarecare are based on the philosophy of working in a supportive role with people to assist them in finding solutions to their problems. The needs of those who access the services have changed over the past 40 years and Clarecare has responded in a flexible and innovative manner to meet these new challenges, constantly looking for new ways to work with people who are experiencing difficulties and engaging as much as possible in preventative work.
All Clarecare services are based in Clare serving the people of Clare and the surrounding areas. Clarecare offices are located in the areas of greatest population density with the head office in Ennis. This is to optimise the delivery of services to such a diverse population.
For more details on the services offered please visit: www.clarecare.ie