Context of the Project

Throughout Europe, informal carers cover 80% of long-term care. Family members are the largest care providers for older, frail, disabled and chronically ill people of all ages. However, caring for a loved one often comes with a considerable personal cost to family carers, including many financial, professional, health and social consequences. Most of informal carers are at risk of social exclusion and there is a need to help them to move from social isolation to active participation. Through the tailored training, the project intends to support the carers in highlighting their profile and role both for themselves, and for the rest of the society.

Main objectives

The CareEr project aims at empowering informal carers through:

– a new training device created by and for informal carers – by contributing to the improvement of their condition as well as the quality of informal care

– the support for the young carers and for those who have a job in combining the care responsibilities with the studies/work – CareER will up-date the tool for the recognition of the informal competences to be used on the regular job market.



The capital letter E of ‘CareEr’ stands for:

‘Engaging’ and ‘Empowering’ informal carers:

  • 105 informal carers from 7 EU countries will participate to the project; some of them will be engaged in local focus groups and 7 of them (one per participating country) will travel to Belgium, Greece and Italy to make their voice heard during the co-development phase of the CareEr training device
  • The possibility to put in contact caregivers from more countries aims at achieving ‘mutual recognition of validated skills’ in the European labour market;


  • co-designed from the orientation taken in the local/transnational focus groups.
  • it will give the informal carers a concrete opportunity to connect with a community of caregivers at the European level.

Target Groups

  • informal carers belonging to vulnerable groups (i.e. young people; people unemployed/ in long-term unemployment; people with disabilities; isolated mothers/fathers; elderly people….)
  • informal carer combining their caregiving responsibilities with a job (part-time or full-time job)
  • professional care workers
  • trainers / members of Civil Society organisations engaged in the care sector (i.e. trainers, coaches, leaders, mentors, educator, counsellors mainly working for training organisations delivering training in the care sector)

Intellectual Outputs 

  • IO1: The CareEr training manual
  • IO2: The CareEr e-platform
  • IO3: The CareEr training curriculum for trainers
  • IO4: The CareEr booklet of competences


  • I.R.I.P.S. (Institut Regional d’Insertion Professionnelle et Sociale) as the projects’ applicant, Corsica, France –
  • Associazione C’ENTRO – Chioggia, Italy –
  • ITG Conseil – Paris, France –
  • IASIS – Athens, Greece –
  • CIEP asbl – Brussels, Belgium –
  • DGASPC Sector 1 – Bucharest, Romania –


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