Carer friendly communities are aware of the part played by unpaid carers within their community. They have some understanding of a carer's daily reality, that they can be under a lot of pressure, and are often hidden from view.
When a community is carer friendly, every corner – from the hospital, workplace, primary school, to leisure services and beyond – will be geared towards addressing the needs of carers. This means that if you're caring for someone unpaid, local services and systems will remove obstacles and make sure things are done differently so your life is a little bit easier.
'Doing things differently' could include an employer creating carer friendly policies by listening to the experiences of their workforce, or a GP practice offering alternative appointment times to carers unable to attend due to their caring responsibilities.
Carer friendly communities reach out to support carers where they can. Working together, Carers Week and all the partner organisations are committed to building communities like these.