Caroline Irwin celebrates ten years volunteering and peer support with the Irish Skin Foundation
Founding board member of the ISF and dedicated patient advocate, Caroline Irwin stepped down as a charity trustee from the board earlier this year.
Caroline has given over ten years of unwavering support and work which has impacted the lives of thousands of people with psoriasis and other skin conditions.
A committed campaigner, Caroline’s commitment and tireless energy over the last decade has been instrumental in shaping the work and focus of the organisation since 2011.
Having founded the Psoriasis Association of Ireland in the 1990’s, Caroline was among several people whose vision for a more ambitious, sustainable, and structured approach to supporting people with many different inflammatory skin conditions led to the creation of the ISF.
While many people will have heard Caroline tell her story over the years, one of the most important, but behind-the-scenes ways that she has supported people with psoriasis for decades is through phone peer support.
The ISF’s David McMahon said that the “practical, low-key, kind, and inclusive culture that Caroline has fostered is evident throughout the ISF’s work, approach, and is a source of great empathy that sets the tone in the charity”
Caroline, whose place on the ISF board will be filled by Mal Buckeridge, will continue this important work within the organisation, which looks forward to developing and expanding the types of support which we have available to people in Ireland struggling to manage skin conditions.