Free break for carers

The wonderful owners of a bed and breakfast near Gargrave are offering FREE two-night breaks during the week of Mon 11 Nov to Sat 16 Nov. The stays – for the carer on their own, or with someone who isn’t the cared-for person – would be a true getaway to switch off from it all thanks to the B&B’s remote and idyllic location. Sound like bliss? Email Christine Chapman at to find out more.

Young carers stranded by floods!

Twelve of our young carers aged 11-16 had to sleep on the dining room floor of a semi-flooded youth hostel after being stranded by floods yesterday.

The young people and two young carer workers were on an outing to Marrick Priory outdoor centre when they cut the trip short due to heavy rain. Their bus was diverted by emergency services and they were unable to find an open road to get them home!

Carers’ Resource young carer head of service Helen Prince said: “Our two young carer workers Sarah and Josh had spotted a youth hostel on the way through Grinton. When they were turned around, the workers decided they should all head for the youth hostel.”

Staff at the youth hostel were fantastic and managed to find pillows and sheets so the young people and staff could bed down in the dining room. There were two sofas and the young carers held a lucky dip to find out who would get to sleep on them.

Young carer Beth Thurlow, 14, of Harrogate, said:

“It was pretty fun, even with the sheep baaing outside the window, making us all laugh. The young carer workers Sarah and Josh were really good at getting us all sorted.”

Beth’s mum Lesley said: “I was surprised but I knew she was in safe hands. We’ve stayed at youth hostels before, so I knew she’d be fine.”

A YHA spokesman said:

”We were delighted to accommodate the young carers in their hour of need. We hope to welcome them back in nicer weather.”

Bradford District carers’ experience survey

We are asking all our Bradford District based carers to complete Bradford Council’s carers’ experience survey and help influence the development adult social care services to make sure they take carers into account.

Complete the survey online: Carers Experience Survey

Bradford Council provides a range of services, either through the Council itself or via organisations which it commissions services from for adults needing social care. While much of this support is aimed primarily at the person being cared for, the experience of receiving these services impacts equally on the cared for person and their carer.

To assess carers’ experience of Adult Social Care services we are asking carers to complete a short survey telling us whether the services they received are helping them in their caring role and their life outside of caring.

It should take no more than five minutes to complete the survey.

If you would prefer to complete a paper version of the survey please contact the Commissioning Team on 01274 434500 and ask for a Carers’ Experience Survey form.