Carers' Resource is the local, specialist carers' centre for the
Bradford and Airedale, Harrogate and Ripon, and Craven districts of Yorkshire.

Carers' Resource - You care for them, we care for you


Andrew Makey

Andrew qualified as a chartered accountant with PKF in 1990 and after a few years gaining experience in the commercial sector, started his own small practice with his wife in 1998. Principally worked along with entrepreneurs in the role of Finance Director for a number of SME companies varying from fast food outlets, wholesale distribution to waste management – enjoyable work that has been both demanding and rewarding. Outside work enjoys family life, cycling, walking and golf.

NEW wellbeing group for carers

Stress-busting, relaxation and positive thinking are on offer for carers at a new wellbeing group in Bradford.

Live Well, Care Well is all about trying different ways to improve your own health and how to feel good.

Topics include recognising and managing stress, how to free up your life and find peace, relaxation techniques, while also sharing your experiences with others.

The monthly group meets the second Tuesday of the month, 6.15pm to 7.30pm at Carers’ Resource, Unit 15 Park View Court, Shipley, BD18 3DZ. There is no need to book – just come along on the day.

A £2 admission will be charged thereafter to help cover costs of materials and refreshments

Live Well, Care Well - a monthly get-together for carers focusing on wellbeing and relaxation

Live Well, Care Well – a monthly get-together for carers focusing on wellbeing and relaxation

For more details contact Carolyne Coyle at Carers’ Resource on (01274) 449660 email


New app for carers ‘boosts confidence’

Click to pledge your support on KickstarterOur innovative app aimed at transforming the lives of carers – and those they look after – is seeking your support to help make it a reality.

App4Care, and interlinked smartphone app, allows carers to stay in touch with their loved ones from distance.

Now, the invention, which is the brainchild of the Carers’ Resource social enterprise Apt Choices, is seeking funding to make it available across the world.

The news has been reported in the Telegraph & Argus  and is backed by carers across the district.

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It’s Carers Week – find out what we’re doing to support carers and spread the word about our services

Carers Week sees the launch of our new online forum for carers and those who live alone.

From the comfort of their own home, carers will be able to link up with others in the community as well as our dedicated team of as part of our Caring Callers service.

Our Director Anne Smyth said: “The relentless nature of their role means that the lives of carers, and the people they care for, often suffer from isolation.

“Creating a new online community will help to banish this feeling of loneliness and offer a new dimension to the range of support and specialist advice that we provide to carers and vulnerable people.”

The forum is being launched at our Harrogate office today (Monday, June 9) 10am to 12pm; at Shipley office on Tuesday, June 10, 10am to 12pm, and at Skipton Library on Tuesday, June 10, 10am to 12pm.

The aim is to give carers and vulnerable people the ability to link with others at all hours of the day, to share stories and advice, and create friendships.

Our volunteers are also happy to visit people in their homes to help them overcome any IT issues, help them get onto the forum, and how to navigate the site.

Click here to find out more.

What’s happening?

Harrogate and Ripon:

Tuesday, June 10:  Drop in at Ripon Library, 10am to 12pm, staff will be on hand to give information and advice

Afternoon tea for carers, Community House, Ripon, 2.30pm

Wednesday, June 11: St Paul’s coffee morning, Harrogate, 10.30am to 11.30am

Time Out for Tea, Carers’ Resource Harrogate Office, North Park Road, 3pm

Friday , June 13: Friday Group for Men, The Squinting Cat, Harrogate, 12pm to 2pm


Today, June 9:  Carers’ lunch club at The Midland Hotel, Bradford, 12.30pm to 2pm

Knitting club, Cavendish Court, Keighley, 1pm to 3pm

Tuesday, June 10: Time for Me, relaxation session and chat, The Hub, Skipton Road, Steeton, 10am to 12pm

Wednesday, June 11, DAB Better Care Exhibition, Richard Dunn Sports Centre, Odsal, Bradford, 10am to 4pm

Thursday, June 12: Shipley knitting club, 1pm to 3pm, ( location to be confirmed)

Care to Read book club, Shipley Carers’ Resource, Unit 15, Park View Court, Shipley, 11am to 12.30pm


Tuesday, June 10: Carers’ drop-in, Utopia, Broughton Hall  Estate, 10am to 11.30am

Art group, Carers’ Resource offices, Griffin House, Broughton Hall Estate, 10am to 12pm

Afternoon Tea Dance for carers, St Andrew’s Hall, Newmarket Street, Skipton, 1.30pm to 4pm

View all Carers Week events

Consultation on North Yorkshire transport for people with physical disabilities and their carers

One of North Yorkshire County Council’s Scrutiny Committees has set up a Councillors’ working group.  Its purpose is to look into what are the services that people need to be able to access in the county and how these access needs might be met using a range of transport options.  County Councillors from all parts of the county are represented on the group.

In looking at the transport options, the working group is not just looking at buses but also community transport (transport which is owned and operated by local community groups – usually volunteers driving minibuses or volunteer car schemes).

The working group is consulting a range of people but particularly wants to consult with those who are more reliant on public transport.  As part of this it would like to establish what the services are that people with physical disabilities and their carers need to access in the county.  (The working group is also consulting separately with the Physical & Sensory Impairment Reference Groups in the county.)

Click here to open the questions that they would like you to consider, together with details of how to respond.

Harrogate’s hidden carers

Reduced social contact, stress factors like a reliance on overdrafts and credit cards, and health problems of their own to deal with, carers are increasingly likely to become lonely and isolated. This is prevalent in the Harrogate and rural district, which has an elderly population more than 5 per cent higher than the national average, yet initiatives like the Carers’ Resource and Harrogate Easier Living Project (HELP) are doing what they can to help. To read the full article click here.

Right help, right time, right now – Parent Carer Survey

If you are a parent carer, the Carers’ Resource needs your help in finding out how best to support families and young people with SEN and disabilities to makes choices in accessing services and support in North Yorkshire. To complete our short Parent Carer Survey, please click here.

Healthwatch North Yorkshire Public Conference

On Wednesday 23rd April 2014, Healthwatch is hosting a conference in Harrogate and Rural District, bringing together key stakeholders in the local Health and Care economy and residents of Harrogate, Ripon, Knaresborough and surrounding areas. For further details click here.