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Become a Carer Friendly Workplace

Find out how the Carer Friendly Employer Commitment Mark and Carer Friendly Training can help your organisation support working your staff balancing work and an unpaid caring role.

Is your workplace Carer Friendly?

Did you know, on average in the UK 1 in 7 workers also provides unpaid care for a loved-one? Without support, around 250,000 employees each year leave work due to the challenges of juggling work and care. With the average age of taking on caring responsibilities 45 – 64 years, it’s likely these are some of your most valued and senior staff. Being Carer Friendly makes great business sense.

We can help you create a Carer Friendly workplace that empowers staff to balance work and care and helps you retain your best staff. With the right support, working Carers will be happier, healthier and more engaged.

Carer Friendly Employer
Commitment Mark 

Become a certified Carer Friendly Employer 

Become a certified Carer Friendly Employer with the Carer Friendly Employer Commitment Mark, a set of five Carer Friendly standards suitable for any organisation in any sector to implement.

Our straight-forward toolkits and guidance helps you to understand your workforce and supports you to put into place achievable Carer Friendly practices that make a real difference to your staff and your business.

The Commitment Mark certification is awarded to organisations who achieve or evidence they are working towards the five standards.


The Commitment Mark is part of our Carer Friendly Communities scheme, the only trademarked Carer Friendly recognition programme. We only award Carer Friendly status to organisations that we have independently reviewed. Initial Carer Friendly Application costs £500 + VAT subsequent years at £250 + VAT).

Carer Friendly Employer Benefits:

  • Improved retention of staff
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Increased staff productivity
  • Competitive advantage in recruitment
  • Assists you to meet and evidence your other CSR goals
  • Reputational benefits

What’s included in the Commitment Mark package

  • Caring and Working Awareness Training package
  • Straight-forward toolkits, template materials and online support
  • Access to the Carer Friendly Employer Network
  • Free advertising and promotion in our Carer Friendly Employers Directory
  • Welcome Pack upon successful certification, containing certificate, social media banners and window stickers
  • Access to the Carer Friendly Employer Business Awards
  • Free HR Health Check

Can you afford not to be a Carer Friendly Employer?

Carer Friendly Workplace Champion Training

We recommend all organisations have a trained Carer Friendly Workplace Champion to support colleagues who are balancing work and an unpaid caring role.

Who is it for?

If you’re passionate about supporting the working Carers amongst your
colleagues, have good listening skills and want to help create positive
organisational change, this is the course for you.

Using our RISE model of supporting working Carers, you will learn how to: 

Raise positive awareness of Carers across your workplace 
Increase identification of Carers in your organisation
Signpost Carers to support
Empower Carers to make positive changes 

Undertake this training to find out about the challenges facing your colleagues juggling work and unpaid Carer, discover practical techniques to support Carers across your organisation and help to create a Carer Friendly culture in your organisation.  

Course content:
Weekly 3.5 hour session, for two weeks 
Costs: £125+ VAT per person

Please email carerfriendly@forwardcarers.org.uk for the next available dates

Carer Friendly Workplace Consultancy

Are you an employer looking for bespoke support to improve your Carer Friendly workplace offer? We offer bespoke support to help you to create the culture and practices that will help working Carers thrive. We’ll support you to put best practice into place and work alongside you to achieve certified Carer Friendly Employer status, via the Carer Friendly Commitment Mark

Contact us on carerfriendly@forwardcarers.org.uk for a no obligation chat.

Join our FREE online discovery sessions    

Join our 30-minute interactive discovery session where we’ll cover the business case for Carer Friendly workplaces, share top tips and easy wins to help working Carers thrive and show you how you can gain your Carer Friendly Commitment Mark, certifying you as a Carer Friendly Employer.