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Applicants Experiences

Survivors who have completed the application process with Caranua, detail their experiences in this section. As you will see from the individual ‘experiences’, some people choose to give some details about who they are, for example their name and their age, but others prefer to remain anonymous. However, all of the words are from the survivors. We will post more ‘experiences’ here on a regular basis.

“Through no fault of my own I have a lot of health problems but it is making my life much easier since I got in contact with Caranua”

First of all I want to take this opportunity in thanking Caranua for all the help they are giving me. Being an x survivor, it can be a very lonely life. Through no fault of my own I have a lot of health problems, which are ongoing, but I am most grateful to Caranua for coming to my rescue, and it is making my life much easier since I got in contact with Caranua.

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“If you are reading this as a survivor I urge you to contact them”

I'm Jim and I'm 73 years of age and I'd like to share my experience of CARANUA with you.

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“My Advisor is a fantastic gentleman and is most helpful in all my concerns”

My Advisor Adrian is a fantastic gentleman and is most helpful in all my concerns, he listens and he has the manner of which I wished I was blessed with, makes me feel I am the only survivor that gets attention.

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“You definitely made a difference in my life as our home is as snug as a bug in a rug with the new heating system”

I would like to thank all at Caranua for the great work you are doing on behalf of all who were abused in the schools of Ireland.

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“I can honestly tell you that Caranua are the best organisation ever to be set up by the government in my lifetime”

I wish to thank and congratulate team Caranua, for their fantastic work in helping survivors of abuse in residential care homes and semi-state run institutions a very long time ago - but it can never be forgotten. As a survivor of abuse in an industrial institution from 1950 to 1958 I wish to appeal to survivors of abuse to apply ASAP IF NOT RIGHT NOW.

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“I hope if there is anyone out there like me who had to endure many years with the abuse of living in an industrial school, get in touch with Caranua”

My name is Carmel and I am writing to tell you how happy I am to have been in touch with Caranua who have been so kind and generous to me got in touch with Caranua after my husband saw it mentioned on TV3’s Ireland AM. I rang Caranua who sent me out an application form and that set the wheels in motion for me. In 2014 I was assigned a wonderful lady called Natalya to be my Advisor.

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“It has definitely helped my self-esteem”

My name is Simon. I am 57 years of age. I would like to say thank you to the Caranua team for all the help and support that they have given me to date.

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“Trust me survivors place your trust as I have and did in this outstanding Caranua and its officials”

To all Survivors contacting Caranua: As a Survivor I want to express from my heart my deepest appreciations and thanks to all the people working at Caranua who are there to help and support survivors of the orphanages and industrial schools.

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“As a suspicious survivor I can't praise and thank enough all the staff at Caranua for their patience and professionalism”

My early suspicions of Caranua stirred up all kinds of emotions and debate, especially of being a regional ‘chairman’ of a very prominent ‘survivor group’ as well as other positions held. An awful lot of questions needed answering, but I needn’t have worried.

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“Caranua has made such a difference in my life, I got to do things I never thought possible”

I decided to put pen to paper to express how grateful I am for all the help given to me by Caranua. Since I had a phonecall from Patrick Cleary I can honestly tell you I have never met anyone like him. He has been so kind and helpful to me, he is a wonderful human being.

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“As a suspicious survivor I can't praise and thank enough all the staff at Caranua for their patience and professionalism”

My early suspicions of Caranua stirred up all kinds of emotions and debate, especially of being a regional ‘chairman’ of a very prominent ‘survivor group’ as well as other positions held. An awful lot of questions needed answering, but I needn’t have worried.

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“Patrick and the great team at Caranua can do for you as it has done for me - get in touch it will change your life too”

You may find it hard to get in contact with Caranua but let me put your mind at ease, it was one of the best moves of my life because I got to know one of the best human beings in my life, Patrick Cleary. He is the best Advisor in the world, and has changed my life so much.

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“It has contributed greatly to my on going healing and changing feelings toward the country of my birth”

I would like to forward my thanks to Caranua and in particular to my adviser Natalya. Over the last months Natalya has been more than an adviser to me. She has shown kindness, support, and above all else respect to me regarding my application to Caranua.

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“Don't be afraid of being caught up with lots of paperwork and process there is someone there to guide you through it and offer support along the way”

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone at Caranua. Whilst I was initially reluctant to apply and was put off by the huge amount of information I was sent, I somehow found the confidence to give Caranua a call. Thank goodness I did! The people I have spoken with have been so helpful and supportive, they have answered all of my questions, provided me with guidance and advice on the whole process and have helped me to make some really positive changes to my life.

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“We might have had a bad start in life through no fault of ours but now at least we have been made comfortable in the latter stages of life”

Thank you so much for all that you have done to make my life more comfortable in my home. One could not have wished for anything better, we might have had a bad start in life through no fault of ours, being brought up in an Institution, but now at least we have been made comfortable in the latter stages of life,when most people need help. It is another difficult part of life, 'getting old'.

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“I sincerely look forward to a new era for Survivors where gaps in services can now be addressed in a more open inclusive and progressive way”

I decided to post this feed back as sometimes it’s easier to offer complaints, and forget to recognise when things are good; take the time and effort to acknowledge the good work done by Caranua and their staff.

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“My Advisor was amazing he helped me so much and the service I got from Caranua was brilliant”

I would like to thank Caranua for all they have done for my mam who suffers from dementia.

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“My Advisor was always helpful and willing to put all her efforts and exhaust all avenues to help me qualify for application”

I would to thank Caranua for their wonderful help in regarding my educational fees while studying for my exams in college. While I was studying for my exams I received one-to-one tuition at my home. The one-one tuition played a crucial role in me passing exams.

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“Survivors are resilient people who have travelled quite a journey”

My interaction with Caranua has been a hugely positive experience. Caranua has made a great impact on my life on a number of levels, both personally and to the environment in which I live.

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“I found dealing with Caranua to be a very different experience from other past agencies”

The Advisor I worked with at Caranua, Natalya, was superb, nothing was too much trouble for her. Everyone I spoke with at Caranua was very sympathetic and understanding.

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“All of the staff, from my Advisor to the phone operators were all brilliant”

I was very happy with the service I received, everyone was very helpful and very friendly from start to finish.

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“I have had a very positive experience in dealing with Caranua”

I have had a very positive experience in dealing with Caranua. During the year I have made quite a few applications and my Applications Advisor Patrick was always very helpful and courteous. He explained what services I could apply for and how to go about it to make sure my application would be accepted.

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“We can be our vulnerable selves and be encouraged to be the best we can be”

Caranua to me is all about the people who work there and I have been assigned a very compassionate gentleman called Ronan - he is sensitive, respectful and generous in his time towards me. Nothing is too much bother for him and his quiet ways get things done with no fuss.

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“Initially we were a little apprehensive about what lay ahead with this new organisation, but we need not have worried”

I’m just writing to tell you and all involved in Caranua, how very grateful we are to all of you, but especially you Patrick as you have been assigned my husband Danny’s Advisor. From the very first phone call to this very day, everything we have asked – to make life more comfortable for Danny - has been granted without question.

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“My experience with Caranua has been very positive”

"My experience with Caranua has been very positive. I am very grateful for it and I have come to regard it as the English version of its name –‘a new friend’. This new friend has made a profound improvement to my health, my home and my lifestyle.

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“I also wish to acknowledge the manner in which my application was handled - with great courtesy and dignity”

I would like to thank my Advisor Karen for her help and guidance in my application to Caranua.

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“I felt everyone I dealt with in Caranua treated me with dignity”

"I went through the different stages of the application process and dealt with a number of people in Caranua. I found Julie Anne and Lucy very good and my Advisor, Patrick, was extremely helpful.

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“I was sure I might be turned down as I don’t know how the system works and was afraid to ask”

“I would like to thank Caranua for the great support they have given me. I expect we were all very nervous about asking for help and not being very learned on how to go about it.

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“I feel indulged and spoiled and important”

“I wish to thank Caranua for the assistance I have received from the fund. All of my dealings with your staff have been positive, user friendly, professional, compassionate and fair.

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“I would urge all those eligible to apply right away, and enjoy the benefits”

“I live in Australia. My experience with Caranua has been very positive. The application process took quite a bit of time, but once I was assigned an Advisor, my needs were addressed promptly in a courteous and professional manner.

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“Advice on things which were most beneficial to me was really great”

“I send my heartfelt thanks to all at Caranua, who have shown such respect to me, and also for the speed in processing my application and funding same.

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“Caranua has shown me that things in my life can be different”

In early 2014 I made my application to Caranua. My support worker Patrick contacted me and things started to take effect. From my application being approved, Patrick my support worker kept in touch regularly, and the advice and support given to me were excellent. I made an application for various things within my home, medical, education and social.

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I was treated with great compassion respect and dignity and with on their part the sole purpose of helping me as a survivor

To all Survivors contacting Caranua: As a Survivor I want to express from my heart my deepest appreciations and thanks to all the people working at Caranua who are there to help and support survivors of the orphanages and industrial schools.

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"I can honestly tell you that Caranua are the best organisation ever to be set up by the government in my lifetime"

I wish to thank and congratulate team Caranua, for their fantastic work in helping survivors of abuse in residential care homes and semi-state run institutions a very long time ago - but it can never be forgotten. As a survivor of abuse in an industrial institution from 1950 to 1958 I wish to appeal to survivors of abuse to apply ASAP IF NOT RIGHT NOW.

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Patrick and the great team at Caranua can do for you as it has done for me - get in touch it will change your life too

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