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Role and focus of the APG on Carers

The All Party Group (APG) on Carers brings together MLAs from across political parties to raise awareness of the role of unpaid carers in Northern Ireland and ensure public policy from all Executive Departments positively impacts on their lives. 

The APG was first established in January 2021 and was reconstituted in June 2022 following the Northern Ireland Assembly election. 

So far in this Assembly mandate, the APG has focused on access to day services and respite support for unpaid carers, as well as policy issues like the impact of the cost of living crisis on our carer population and the social care reform process. 



  • Colm Gildernew MLA, Chair 
  • Deborah Erskine MLA, Vice Chair 
  • Colin McGrath MLA, Secretary 
  • Kellie Armstrong MLA, Treasurer 
  • Andy Allen MLA 
  • Paula Bradshaw MLA 
  • Joanne Bunting MLA 
  • Pam Cameron MLA 
  • Gerry Carroll MLA 
  • Diane Dodds MLA 
  • Ciara Ferguson MLA 
  • Diane Forsythe MLA 
  • Liz Kimmins MLA 
  • Nuala McAllister MLA 
  • Peter McReynolds MLA 
  • Carál Ní Chuilín MLA 


Carers NI provides secretariat support for the group. 


Future meetings

The next open meeting of the APG on Carers will take place on 14 September, 13:00-14:00, in Parliament Buildings.


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To stay informed on the latest news and meeting dates for the APG on Carers, contact Craig Harrison.

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