The 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


Come and join our volunteers – lots of exciting roles on offer

Numerous volunteering opportunities – from helping in the office to supporting people after a stay in hospital – are up for grabs supporting carers and clients in the Bradford district.

From making visits to clients at home to helping run social groups for carers, all our volunteers are ‘vital and valued’.

Carers and clients enjoying summer sports day at Time for Me in Steeton, supported by a volunteer

People can find out about the wide range of volunteering roles at an open day on Tuesday, 11 April, 1pm to 3pm, at Carers’ Resource, Unit 15, Park View Court, off St Paul’s Road, Shipley, BD18 3DZ.

Chris Whiley, Carers’ Resource Director, says: “This is a wonderful way for us to show people the variety of ways they can get involved and help support the vital services we provide for carers, clients and vulnerable people in the district.

“Our volunteers are vital and valued and their role is pivotal in the work we do.”

The event has been featured in the Telegraph & Argus.

Volunteer co-ordinator Val Stewart says: “Volunteers can get so much out what they do for us – from developing or learning new skills, to being a member of a dedicated team.

“It brings great satisfaction to many to help others – and what may seem like ‘just a monthly coffee morning’ to someone can be a lifeline to a carer who is feeling isolated.”

Full training is given, as well as ongoing support, and Carers’ Resource has the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard in recognition of the important and valued role volunteers play in the organisation.

Roles include: admin support; helping at carers’ drop-ins, lunches, events and workshops; and one-to-one support with clients, or joining the Home from Hospital team to support vulnerable people on their return from hospital with a weekly visit, over a short time, to help them regain independence.

For more details contact Val Stewart, Volunteer Coordinator on (01274) 449660 or email

Retirement on hold for carers – new report

Carers’ Resource Director Chris Whiley is urging older people who look after a relative or friend to speak out and get vital support, as a new report reveals older carers are putting retirement ‘on hold’.

Published today by national charity Carers Trust, ‘Retirement on Hold, Supporting Older Carers’, highlights the challenges older carers are facing.

It includes older people acting as ‘care coordinators’ to manage and find the right care and support for those they look after, causing stress and anxiety.

It also shows people at the age of retirement are having to take on caring roles, involving progressive conditions such as dementia, when they have their own age-related health conditions, such as arthritis.

Mrs Whiley says: “It’s pretty harrowing to see these findings in black and white but it does reflect the experiences carers are telling us about on the ground.

“Carers in their 60s and 70s are saying this is not what they expected their retirement to be like. They are caring for someone, often a husband or wife, who is becoming more and more dependent on them.

“The issue is they want to look after their relative or spouse; it’s what they do as their wife or daughter, but it’s a relentless task and one many are doing alone.

“It can be overwhelming with so many calls to make, systems to navigate and understand; all they want is for someone to help them through it. Carers should be applauded; we recognise it’s a really hard role and we’re here to help them on their journey.

“They can have several appointments to get to every week; they have the extra demands of getting their cared-for up and ready in the morning, and by the time they get out of the house they can be exhausted and frazzled.”

The report also highlights the need for a break was vital to a carer’s own health and wellbeing but many felt they were reluctant to take one unless their cared-for was given appropriate care.

“Planning for the future is also something many carers can overlook. At Carers’ Resource we can help with this by making sure carers have plans in place should anything happen to them,” adds Mrs Whiley.

Key findings of the Carers Trust report 

  • Care coordination – carers said they were spending too much time, and became stressed and anxious when trying to organise care and support for the person with care needs.
  • Carers are caring for someone else when they have their own age-related health condition.
  • The pressures around carers feeling they had a ‘duty to care’ – the Care Act recognises that caring should be a choice.
  • Lack of appropriate replacement care to enable carers to take a break.

Key Recommendations:

  • Access to a ‘care coordinator’ – many older carers felt this would help them navigate the health and care system. It is recognised that with limited resources this may not be feasible; however, earlier referral to a carer organisation may help improve the situation for carers.
  • Appropriate and timely access to information and advice about support available locally, nationally and UK wide. This information would need to recognise that not all older carers are able to access the internet.
  • Improved access to appropriate and good quality replacement care.





Open day to show professionals how we support carers and clients

Professionals who work with carers and vulnerable people will be able to find out about the wide range of services on offer at our Bradford district open day.

It will be held at our office in Shipley on Wednesday, 15 February, 10am to 12.30pm.

Colleagues working in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven will be able to drop in to speak to us about:

  • Integrated Carers Service – Carer Support, Planning for Emergencies
  • Information
  • Parent Carer Support, Young Adult Carer Service
  • CReate ~ newly funded – information, advice and guidance on employment and learning, with a special focus on supporting carers who work or who want to work
  • Home from Hospital
  • Care@carers’resource
  • First4contact
  • Volunteering.


Harrogate Young Carers Need You

NEW fundraising drive to boost ongoing support for Harrogate Young Carers

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We are today launching a new fundraising campaign to help secure vital ongoing support for Harrogate and Knaresborough’s children and young people who look after a parent or sibling with an illness or disability.

Our push will help to make sure children – some as young as seven – can get support at times of crisis as well as a much-needed break to enjoy their childhood.

Harrogate Young Carers Need You

Harrogate Young Carers Need You photo by young carer Stephen Kirk

It is being launched on Young Carers Awareness Day (26 January, 2017) – a national day of action which puts young carers, and the daily challenges they face, firmly in the spotlight.

The campaign aims to raise £50K per year to fund support through one-to-one sessions, youth clubs and outings.

Individuals, businesses, community organisations and groups, sports clubs and schools, are being urged to back the campaign, make donations or fundraise for young carers.

  • There are about 250 young carers helped by the service in the Harrogate area, including Knaresborough, Ripon, Boroughbridge and Pateley Bridge
  • Harrogate Young Carers service was set up in 1995 and has supported more than 1,000 carers since then
  • It is estimated there are TWO young carers in every classroom
  • To fundraise or make a donation contact Anne Wells, Fundraising Co-ordinator, on (01423) 500555 email:

Director Chris Whiley says: “A young carer’s role is relentless and whether they are at home or at school they are carrying the responsibility and worries of their demanding role.

“Some young carers have very adult responsibilities, such as cooking, cleaning, and shopping, making sure their parents take their medication and regularly looking after younger siblings  – and that’s all on top of school and trying to enjoy being young.

“A young carer’s life can be a far cry from ‘care-free’, they are often worried and tired and it can mean they become isolated and miss out on typical childhood experiences.

“This is the gap we fill with our popular youth clubs and wonderful trips which help them just be themselves and one-to-one support can be crucial at times of crisis to help them cope.

Harrogate solicitors Raworths has also announced Harrogate Young Carers as its Charity of the Year and has a packed programme of fundraising activities planned.


Newly-funded CReate service has special focus on working carers

Our new CReate team

Carers juggling a job and the demands of looking after someone are the special focus our newly-funded CReate service.

We have been awarded Big Lottery Reaching Communities funding for the four-year CReate programme – Carers’ Resource Employment and Training Enterprise.

This service aims to help carers to stay in work; support them to manage their working and caring responsibilities; to assist carers in finding a job or returning to a career, or boost their skills and confidence.

The service works with local employers in Bradford, Craven and Harrogate districts to increase awareness and understanding of carers’ issues and to encourage the adoption of carer-friendly policies.

Carers’ Resource Director Chris Whiley says:

“We can help them find the right solution and strategies to continue to stay in work, while also having a positive caring experience.

“Becoming a carer can happen suddenly, or it can creep up on you gradually as the person you look after’s condition can worsen, and in both cases many can find they are struggling to carry on working.

“For some reducing hours, speaking to their employers about flexible working or the possibility remote-working arrangements, can be a solution, whereas for others it may mean changing roles or even taking time out from work.

“Whatever the situation – as no two situations are ever the same – the CReate team will support and help carers to find a solution that suits them best at that time.

“Caring can be overwhelming, demanding and exhausting, and we know that about 50 per cent of carers have had to give up their job to look after a relative or friend.”

The service will be offering a range of workshops, courses, one-to-one mentoring, and support groups to help carers develop and learn new skills, such as guidance and support in writing CVs and job applications; interview techniques, and job-seeking assistance.

Mrs Whiley said: “This builds on the success of our initial CReate programme, and for the first time there will be this special focus on supporting carers who are combining work with caring responsibilities.”

The CReate service will run in Bradford, Harrogate and Craven districts. A six-strong team will support carers and former carers.

We’re backing a campaign to tackle isolation

Carers’ Resource is proud to be backing the Harrogate Advertiser’s Ending Loneliness campaign.

The Harrogate weekly paper’s new campaign reflects the work we do right across the board to help ensure carers, their families, and vulnerable people are given the support they need to have a good quality of life.

Quoted in the paper, Director Chris Whiley says: “Isolation is a huge factor as a carer as your life can change dramatically and suddenly.

“You can feel cut off from the rest of the world and, among older carers, who may also have their own health needs; this is a big and growing issue.

“Older carers can find their role extremely difficult – physically and emotionally – and at a time when they had possibly hoped to enjoy their retirement, they find they can be swamped in their caring role and struggling to take part in social activities, or look after their own needs and wellbeing.

“Raising awareness through campaigns like this we hope it will encourage more older people, and older carers and their families, to come forward and get the support they deserve.”

Various organisations and agencies across the district have also given their support. The full story is available on the Harrogate Advertiser website.


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


Calling all Co-op shoppers in Harrogate – young carers need you!

Help support Harrogate Young Carers when you’re doing your shopping at the Co-op stores in PANNAL and LEEDS ROAD, Harrogate.

The Co-op has launched it new Community Fund and Harrogate Young Carers’ service  is to benefit from contributions for the next six months.

Our Young Carers’ Service relies on donations and fundraising to provide vital activities, groups and mentoring for children – some as young as seven – and young people so they can have a much-needed break from looking after a parent or sibling.

Young carers enjoying a summer picnic at Newby Hall, Ripon

Young carers enjoying summer picnic at Newby Hall, Ripon

Every time Co-op members buy Co-op branded products and services, from buying a loaf of bread to planning a funeral, 1% of their spend goes to a local cause and 5% goes into their Co-op Membership account, so everyone benefits.

But we need your help. The more support we get, the more funding we could receive. So if you’re a Co-op Member and shop at either of these two stores, please log in to your Co-op Membership account and choose us.

If you’re not a member, please join and support us and join on the Co-op website!

To find out more about our Young Carers’ service visit their website.



Young carers’ summer to remember

From climbing walls to sailing the high seas – young carers in Craven and Harrogate  who look after a parent or sibling enjoyed a special summer of activities – thanks to the generosity of supporters across the district.

Children, some as young as seven, were treated to trips and daring outdoor pursuits.

Enjoying cupcakes at Mama Doreen's Emporium, Harrogate

Enjoying cupcakes at Mama Doreen’s Emporium, Harrogate

The Harrogate team’s programme featured 21 trips which were offered to 190 youngsters. A total of 136 young carers attended at least one trip.

And the Craven itinerary included eight special trips; all 60 places were filled and 38 different young carers went on at least one outing.

Activities included climbing and rope swings at High Adventure in Cowling; a two-day sailing experience with the Ocean Youth Trust North off the coast of Northumberland; pottery painting and cupcakes in Harrogate; and a day out at Newby Hall, near Ripon. Some also took part in zorbing in Leeds.

Anne Wells, Fundraising Co-ordinator at Carers’ Resource, says: “There have been some excellent trips and activities organised this summer and they have been a big hit with the young carers.

“The summer holidays can be a long challenging time for young carers and some may struggle to get out and about.

“These days out and special events are a great way for them to try new things and share new experiences, while also helping them keep in touch with their friends, and to give them a break from caring.

“All the activities were kindly funded or made possible in one way or another through support and donations from various community groups, local businesses or individuals. And it’s thanks to them for digging deep in their pockets or running a fundraiser that young carers have had a super summer to remember – we can’t thank you all enough.”

Young carers all set for a sailing trip off the coast of Northumberland

Young carers all set for a sailing trip off the coast of Northumberland.

Set up in Harrogate in 1995, Young Carers’ Resource includes a robust service for young carers in Harrogate, Ripon and Craven.

It relies on donations and support includes one-to-one mentoring, youth and after-school clubs.

Young carers also helped design, develop and populate their website which features a gallery of photos of them enjoying trips and activities, and the Awesome blog.

To support Young Carers’ Resource contact Anne Wells on or telephone (01423) 500555.

Open day for professionals

We’re holding a Professional Open Day for colleagues working in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.

On: Tuesday, 13 September, 10am – noon.

We will give colleagues who support carers a flavour of what we offer, including:

  • Integrated Carers’ Service
  • Carer support, planning for emergencies, information
  • CReate – information, advice and guidance on a wide range of learning and employment-related topics
  • Home from Hospital
  • Care@carers’resource
  • First4contact
  • Winter Warmth and Self Care support for vulnerable clients
  • Rally Round – free online support network. Come and see a demo and help others set one up.

Refreshments available. No need to book.

Call in at Carers’ Resource, Unit 15 Park View Court, Shipley, BD18 3DZ
Parking at ASDA or car park in St Paul’s Road.