This strategy has been developed around six key areas of concern, which were identified during a period of consultation with carers. These include the identification of those acting in a caring role, information for carers, support services, the special needs of young carers, training and employment. It is estimated that there are over 185,000 unpaid carers in Northern Ireland. Their contribution to health and social care cannot be overstated. This strategy sets out a vision of what needs to be done to provide those carers with the practical support they want and need to allow them to continue caring and, at the same time, to have as much access as possible to the same opportunities that the rest of us enjoy.