Today marks the start of Carers Week 2017.

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

Are you looking after family and friends who are older, ill or who have a disability?

This checklist sets out practical steps every part of the community can take to be carer friendly - to help you feel supported as a carer and recognised as an individual with needs of your own.

Could you ask for that support, maybe by taking this checklist along to help explain what you need? Could your local group or carers network use this checklist to start a conversation with local services or organisations about what they can do to better support carers?

Visit to recommend organisations, services and employers as carer friendly so we can share good practice and inspire others to take action. for more information.

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