You can get help and support if you’re responsible for looking after someone who has a disability, is getting old or has become ill. This can range from practical help to make day-to-day life easier to benefits like Carer’s Allowance.
Carers Allowance (.gov website)
Carers’ Resource – support for carers across Bradford, Craven, Harrogate and Selby. Call 01274 449660 or visit the website.
Making Space – A national charity providing health and social care services for adults with mental health conditions, learning disabilities, dementia and their carers. Contact 01274 323702 or visit the website.
Time Out – Bradford Council Adult and Community Services
Bereavement support can take the form of practical help and advice around registering a death, getting information from health services, funeral arrangements, financial advice; or emotional help such as counselling and support groups.
Directory of bereavement support services (PDF download on external site)
Cruse Bereavement Care – Cruse offers face-to-face, telephone, email and website support. We have a freephone national helpline and local services, and a website (hopeagain.org.uk) specifically for children and young people. Call 0808 808 1677 or the local branch on 01756 796004.
Funeral Expenses Payment > find out if you may be eligible for support
Hope Again – young people living after loss
Silverline – helpline for older people. Call 0800 4708090
Access to Work – provides practical support to access work, travel, aids and adaptions. Grants to the value of up to £57,200 pa
Fit for Work – free advice to return to work/overcome barriers through telephone or online chat
Access to Work (mental health)
Outside the Box – Eight-week work club delivered in partnership with the North Yorkshire adult learning and skills service, the project helps members of the scheme prepare for work through qualifications in occupational and employability studies, cookery and customer service. The club covers CV development, meeting employers and employees, and interview preparation. Bridge Lane, Ilkley, LS29 9HN. Phone: 01943 431173
Cellar Trust – Support for unemployed adults experiencing mental health difficulties to improve wellbeing via voluntary work; activities; workshops; education/training etc. 01274 530448
Connect to Support – information for adults with care and support needs
Connect to Support (Bradford District) has been developed by Bradford Council and stakeholders. The website provides information for adults with care and support needs, with a focus on empowering people to live happy, healthy lives, where they are in control.
Drug and alcohol services
Drug and alcohol recovery service for North Yorkshire. They provide a range of free, confidential and non-judgemental services for individuals and their families affected by drugs and/or alcohol.
Provides help and support to adults, children, young people and families. Services cover a wide variety of areas including health and wellbeing, substance use, mental health, criminal justice, domestic abuse and homelessness.
Bradford and Airedale Sexual Health
Relationships, sexual health and contraceptive advice and information in the Bradford district. This site lists all the free and confidential sexual health and contraception services available, making it easier for you to look after your sexual health.
Relate – Pennine Keighley & Craven Support
Offers relationship counselling; sex therapy; family counselling; young people’s counselling (age 10-24); education and training; and therapeutic work for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Costs and sessions vary depending on the type of counselling sought. For more detailed information please visit www.relatepkc.org.uk or ring the Keighley office on 01535 605047. Telephone helpline: 01422 354354.
The Samaritans offers a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.
If something’s troubling you, get in touch:
National telephone: 116 123 (this number is free to call)
Mental health services
Mental Health Support (MHS) is a charitable organisation offering support to people who, for whatever reason, are experiencing a mental health problem.
MIND Bradford– information and support for anyone experiencing mental or emotional health problems, primarily throughout Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.
Making Space – A national charity providing health and social care services for adults with mental health conditions, learning disabilities, dementia and their carers. Contact 01274 323702
My Wellbeing College – Confidential psychological therapy service, helping you work through difficult feelings. Help with problems such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression, relationship issues, sleep problems, phobias, difficult life changes, post-natal depression, post-traumatic stress , OCD, and health anxieties. Self-refer by calling 0300 555551.
First Response – support 24 hours a day, seven days a week to people of all ages living in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale or Craven experiencing a mental health crisis. Call 01274 221181
MyWellbeing College – a free NHS service to help people manage everyday problems such as feeling low, having problems sleeping, feeling anxious and experiencing stress.
Peer Talk (Craven) – Peer support groups for people living with depression, every Tuesday 7.30–9pm in Settle.
Cellar Trust – Support for unemployed adults experiencing mental health difficulties to improve wellbeing via voluntary work; activities; workshops; education / training etc. Call 01274 530448
Children and young people
The Local Offer – a new way of giving children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their parents or carers information about what activities and support is available in the area where you live.
North Yorkshire County Council
The council website has information on health and social care including safeguarding, disabilities, carers, health and wellbeing, social care for adults, social care for children, support with daily living and the Care Act.
The Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme helps people manage their own health and wellbeing through recommended self-help books endorsed by health experts. You can be recommended a title by a health professional, or you can visit your local library and take a book out yourself.
There is also information on housing, education and learning, community and volunteering, childcare and much more.
BEEP Exercise Referral Scheme – BEEP aims to encourage and support individuals to become more active, more often. Access to discounted gym / leisure membership and a tailored exercise programme. You can ask at your local GP practice for a BEEP referral. If you meet the referral criteria, a health professional can complete the referral form and give it to you.
Weight Management Service – Free weight loss groups run for 12 weeks, covering topics including food groups and nutrition, portion sizes, tips and food swaps to make favourite meals healthier. They are open to anyone aged over 18 who lives in the Bradford district. To join a group, call 01274 322666, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Walking for Health – Burley in Wharfedale. Free weekly health walks, meeting on Tuesday’s 10:00am, outside the front door of Burley Library. Contact: 01274 321911
Bradford Leisure Card – The Bradford Leisure Card entitles you to reduced admission for a wide range of leisure activities.
Clarke Foley Centre, Ilkley – various clubs and activities including indoor bowls, dancing, keep fit and more.