Caring for someone

Being a Carer

A carer is anyone, children and adults, who look after a family member, partner, friend or neighbour who needs help because of their illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support. The care they give is unpaid.

Support for Adult Carers

There are more than 57,000 unpaid carers in the Bradford and craven districts and 3 in 5 people will be carers at some point in their lives.

Carers' Service for Bradford and Craven districts

The service provides help and support for unpaid carers across the Bradford district. Our services are free, confidential and non-judgmental, helping you find ways to make your caring situation easier. All our staff understand the emotional and physical strain which looking after someone can involve.

We can help with:

  • Help to care and how to get a break
  • Individual tailored support for your situation
  • Specialist local information for carers
  • Support with finances and benefits
  • Employment advice
  • Social opportunities such as friendly groups, workshops, training and trips.

If you would like more information please see the Carers' Resource website.

Carer's Resource PDF (opens in a new window)

Contact Carers Resource:

Tel: 0808 50 15 939


Further support for adult carers

There is support available for adult carers who need a break from caring, either for a couple of hours a day or week or a longer break. You can find more information on the Bradford council website or contact the Independence Advice Hub on 01274 435400.

Please note there is a referral process which can be found on the information page above and financial contribution may be required.

Support for mental health can be found here.

Support for Young Carers

More than 5,000 children and young people provide some form of unpaid care in Bradford District and Craven.

Carers Resource

Young Carers PDF (opens in a new window)

We can support a young carer aged 18 or under who helps look after a relative who has a condition, such as a disability, illness, mental health condition, or who misuse drugs or alcohol. Most young carers look after one of their parents or care for a brother or sister. We can help a young carer looking after a parent or brother or sister by:

  • offering one-to-one mentoring at difficult times
  • regular youth clubs for under 11’s and 11 +
  • fun trips to allow young carers to have a break.

Contact Carers Resource:

Tel: 0808 50 15 939


Support for mental health can be found here.

Did you know?

That Carers Resource has launched an ID card that is available to unpaid carers throughout the Bradford District.

Use the ID card to prove that you are a carer registered with Carers’ Resource

The photo ID card is visible evidence that you are a Carer and includes a contact phone number for anyone to validate authenticity

Use the card to show your employer, college or local supermarket that you have caring responsibilities

The ID card is a handy size, and fits in a purse or wallet and is FREE for Carers and easy to apply for.

Apply using this link or call Carers Resources on