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The Irish Red Cross offers a range of community services and supports including therapeutic hand care and skin camouflage services. The Irish Red Cross also engages in community visitations and supplies handbooks for voluntary carers.

Irish Red Cross Carer of the Year Award

The Irish Red Cross Carer of the Year Award is an annual prize which acknowledges the dedication of informal carers at home and in the community. Nominations open at the start of the summer and an awards ceremony takes place around November.

The award is open to anyone; you do not need to be a Red Cross volunteer to be nominated.

For more information or to nominate someone see: or download a nomination form.

Therapeutic Hand Care Service

This service is provided by Irish Red Cross volunteers trained to give free hand massage and manicures to men and women in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, day-care centres and in their own homes.

Hand massage has proved highly beneficial to those with painful and stiff joints, relieving soreness and improving joint flexibility. Some of our practitioners are also trained in massage for neck, shoulders and arms.

A visit from one of our practitioners is often welcome company, often boosting morale as well as improving clients’ mobility and therefore their overall quality of life.

For further information on receiving these services or on training to provide them, please contact your local Irish Red Cross Branch or the Irish Red Cross Head Office at 16 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Tel: 01-642-4600 Email:

Skin camouflage 

Skin camouflage is the application of special creams to conceal or improve the appearance of skin blemishes. They may be applied to adults and children - male or female - and on any part of the body.

Irish Red Cross trained volunteers provide this free service. They help you select the best match for your skin tone and will show you how to apply the setting powder before applying your waterproof, long-lasting cream.

We will also help you source your cream and powder at the best price. Creams typically last six months to two years, depending on the area to be camouflaged.

Conditions treated include vitiligo, rosacea, lupus, birthmarks, thread veins, leg veins, hyperpigmentation, scars/burns and more.

To make an appointment, call 01-642-4600 or email Please note that a referral letter from your doctor or nurse is required to get an appointment.