He was invited under a Grundig/Leonardo initiative to advise on carers’ issues and to look at ways carers services can be introduced in Slovenia as none currently exist.

Commenting on the visit Sean said “It was great to be able to speak to such a diverse group of people and to make a real difference in bringing the concept of carers support services to a region where none currently exists. It is hoped that a pilot carer’s service will be commenced in 2015 along the lines of our current network partners. Many of the difficulties they face are exactly the same as we do and they are keen to lean on our experience to develop a network of carers’ services in their country. A delegation of 8 from Slovenia is set to visit Northern Ireland in June to look at carers services here and we look forward to their visit. “

The conference was also attended by delegates from the Republic of Ireland – Roscommon Young Carers (a group which was recently set up with the help and guidance of Network partner Newry & Mourne Carers.

“It may be taking the Carers Trust theme of reach a bit too far “ quipped Sean in conclusion “ but it was a very enjoyable and useful experience.”