Children in Hospital Ireland

Established in 1970, Children in Hospital Ireland seeks to highlight the rights and welfare of children in hospital, the specific challenges faced by children in hospital and their parents or careers, the right of the child in hospital to play, and the need for a more child centred approach in the provision of healthcare services for children.  Children in Hospital Ireland is widely recognised to have played an important role in influencing many positive changes that have occurred in hospital care for children in Ireland over recent decades.

CF Ireland (CFI) is a voluntary organisation that was set up by parents in 1963 to improve the treatment and facilities for people with Cystic Fibrosis in Ireland. CF Ireland also co-operates with medical professionals to give maximum assistance to both parents and children/adults with Cystic Fibrosis.

ACT for Meningitis is a charity which aims to raise awareness and educate society about the signs and symptoms of meningitis while offering free support services in Ireland  to those affected by the disease.Our support service is tailored to the needs of the individual /family to find the most appropriate and beneficial service for them.

Heart Children Ireland was founded in 1990 by a group of parents who met in Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin.  Heart Children Ireland’s mission is to enable all those born with Congenital Heart Disease live with the best possible lives.  Their vision is to create a society where all those with CHD are empowered so that they can live more confident and independent lives.

The INHA was set up to provide family support and empowerment for families affected by a premature birth and families with infants in the NICU.  They provide pre-conceptual, antenatal and post-natal information and education, a mentoring programme for affected families and empower families to become primary caregivers to their infants.  They also provide a platform to access developmental follow up care.

Childhood Cancer Foundation is a national, parent led, voluntary organisation.

Their main objectives are to: 

– Raise awareness among the Irish public about issues surrounding childhood cancer 

– Help fund supports for parents and children around the country who are affected by this disease 

– Advocate for improved services for children and families affected by childhood cancer

Childrens’ Liver Disease Ireland (CLDI) Is A Group For The Families Living In Ireland Of Those Whose Life Has Been Affected By A Child With Liver Disease. 

Founded in 1995, Bodywhys is the national voluntary organisation supporting people affected by eating disorders.

They have a mission is to ensure support, awareness and understanding of eating disorders amongst the wider community as well as advocating for the rights and healthcare needs of people affected by eating disorders. aims to provide a one-stop shop for the Autism community in Ireland. From providing the public and those with the condition to a portal of information about Autism, to serving a platform for people affected by Autism to share their stories and views, to providing a strong voice for the concerns of the community.

Diabetes Ireland is the national charity founded in 1967, dedicated to helping people with diabetes. They achieve this by providing supporteducation and motivation. Diabetes Ireland also raises public awareness of diabetes and its symptoms and funds research into finding a cure for diabetes. 

Down Syndrome Ireland offers information, practical help and support. They are a community of people who share the same journey.  Down Syndrome Ireland has 25 branches nationwide. These branches are run almost exclusively by volunteer parents and provide children and adults with Down syndrome and their families with a wide range of vital services and social opportunities.

Epilepsy Ireland was founded to help to achieve a society where no person’s life is limited by epilepsy.  They provide a range of support services from one to one support and family supports. They also invest in Irish Research and have invested over €1million since 2009. 

ICAN  is a volunteer charity providing support & information and advocating for best care for those affected by Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

The object of ICAN is to provide a national support network for children with arthritis and their families through the provision of factual, practical and emotional support. It aims to pull together the wider community of affected children in Ireland as well as raise public awareness of childhood arthritis. It endeavours to ensure that all Irish children receive the minimum standard of medical care recommended for children with juvenile arthritis as set out by the World Health Organisation.

Cliona’s Foundation is a Limerick-based charity that provides financial assistance directly to parents of children with life-limiting or chronic complex care needs across Ireland to help with the non-medical expenses related to caring for their child.

The Irish Skin Foundation (ISF) is a national charity with a mission to support people with skin disorders. We operate a Helpline, provide up-to-date specialist guidance, run events, awareness campaigns and engage in advocacy for people with skin conditions.

The mission of RMHC, Ireland, is to provide a Ronald McDonald House in order to support families whose children are seriously ill in hospital. The Ronald McDonald House provides accommodation and a caring and supportive environment for families whose children are seriously ill and are hospitalised or undergoing medical treatment at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin 12