CAUSE

CAUSE

About CAUSE

Founded in 1995, CAUSE is a unique peer-led regional charity offering services to families, partners and friends across Northern Ireland caring for a loved one who has experienced serious mental illness. CAUSE is run by carers for carers which gives us an organisation a true peer-led ethos and belief in the power of connecting with other people who have shared similar experiences of caring.

Our vision

Our vision is a society which recognises, respects, values and actively supports the central role of families, partners and friends who care for loved ones who have experienced serious mental illness.

Our mission

CAUSE provides practical and emotional support to empower families, partners and friends caring for a loved one who has experienced serious mental illness.

Our values

In working to realise our mission and vision CAUSE will be:

  • Informative
  • Supportive
  • Affirmative
  • Collaborative
  • Empathetic

Services

What CAUSE offers

  • One-to-one advocacy and support
  • CAUSE Support groups
  • Training courses and workshops
  • CAUSE Helpline
  • Social activities
  • Representation of carers’ views

One-to-one carer advocacy and support at CAUSE

Carer Advocates are there to provide you with help tailored to what you need to cope in your care-giving role.  A Carer Advocate can meet with you face-to-face at a location convenient for you or discuss issues with you over the phone.Carer Advocates are here to listen to and offer you practical and emotional support to help you:

  • learn about mental illness and treatments
  • understand how to navigate services and work with professionals
  • access the support you need and know your rights as a carer
  • deal with difficult situations and maintain your own resilience  

With help from our professional Carer Advocates, we ultimately want you to feel more confident, supported and empowered. To connect with a Carer Advocate in your area, contact 028 90 650 650 or email [email protected]

CAUSE Support Groups 

We facilitate a network of monthly support groups for families, partners and friends across NI. CAUSE support groups provide you with the opportunity to meet with other people who have similar experiences to you in a safe space.  Many carers value the support, learning and social interaction they get from meeting other carers in our groups.  To find our more about out support groups, call us on 028 90 650 650 or go to www.cause.org.uk 

CAUSE Helpline Telephone Support

Do you need guidance, help with a crisis or someone to talk to but don’t know where to turn?  The CAUSE Helpline is available to carers who need support for themselves in caring for their loved one.  Our Helpline is open Monday – Friday (excluding public holidays) at the following times:

Monday, Wednesday & Friday:          10 am-4 pm

Tuesday & Thursday:                          12 noon-8 pm

CALL OUR HELPLINE ON 0845 60 30 29 1

Opportunities to learn – CAUSE workshops and courses

CAUSE offer a range of different workshops and training courses which address the specific needs of parents, families and friends of a loved one who has been engaged with mental health services.  Our workshops and short courses are practical, informative and designed to help you feel more confident in your caring role. For more information on up and coming courses check our website www.cause.org.uk or our CAUSE Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CAUSEcarers 

Representing carers’ views:  influencing services and policy

CAUSE works with a wide range of statutory services and community/voluntary groups to raise awareness of carers’ needs and issues.  We actively encourage carers to get involved in influencing policy and service development in their local communities. We strive to keep carers updated on key events / consultations where our voice as carers needs to be heard. 

For more information on policy News & Policy webpage at www.cause.org.uk

Opening hours

CAUSE office is open Monday - Friday (excluding public holidays) 9.30 am - 4.30 pm

CAUSE Helpline Telephone Support

The CAUSE Helpline is available to carers who need support for themselves in caring for their loved one.  Our Helpline is open Monday – Friday (excluding public holidays) at the following times:

Monday, Wednesday & Friday:          10 am-4 pm

Tuesday & Thursday:                          12 noon-8 pm

CALL OUR HELPLINE ON 0845 60 30 29 1

Contact Details

NICVA will not disclose any contact details further to those published by the organisation below.

Address

CAUSE
Building 2
Lesley Office Park
Belfast
Co Antrim
BT4 2LS
United Kingdom

Phone

028 90 650 650

Website

Social Media

 
 
Charity Number:
XR18225