Caring for Your Family

Are you caring for a family member – of any age?

Here, you can find out about services in Bradford that can support you, for example:

  • support if you are having a baby
  • support with routine childcare e.g. to look after your child while you are working
  • more specialist support for children with a disability, or medical needs
  • support for adults who have a disability or medical needs
  • support for elderly adults      

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Family Care Services

Baby Basics


COVID – Baby Basics Bradford are still open for referrals and donations.

St Barnabas’ Church, Heaton Ashwell Rd Heaton Bradford BD9 4AU

Baby Basics provides a Moses basket packed with toiletries, nappies, blankets, towels and baby clothes. It is available to vulnerable families including teenage mothers, asylum seekers and women fleeing domestic violence or trafficking. There is more information on the Baby Basics website.

This Listing was last updated: 16 February 2021

Better Start Bradford


Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the vast majority of our face-to-face support and activities are cancelled until further notice.

Please visit this dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) page to see our full statement and contact details for all projects during this time.

Shipley College, Victoria Road, Saltaire, Shipley

Better Start Bradford runs several projects for families with young children and is keen to encourage participation by asylum seeker and refugee families. If you would like to know more or would like to talk about a particular project, please contact Sally Teasdale at or on 07494 558337

Most of the projects run only in the Better Start areas – broadly Little Horton, Bowling and Barkerend and Bradford Moor – but some are available throughout the Bradford area. To find out whether a particular address is in a Better Start area use the Better Start Bradford postcode checker. All sessions and classes are free.

Free ESOL+ classes for pregnant women

These classes are for pregnant women who would otherwise need an interpreter for antenatal appointments and during the birth of their child.

The classes are for two hours, once a week for five weeks.

This Listing was last updated: 16 February 2021

Gianna Baby Bank ‘Plus’


We are continuing to offer baby stock to families & professionals during this time. Our premises @ Carlisle Business Centre are currently closed, due to the pandemic. We can be contacted via Facebook ( Gianna Baby Bank Plus ) or by phoning 07870 274482.

Unfortunately we are currently unable to offer home visits.  However, with prior arrangements, we have been offering door step deliveries to families. With prior arrangements we can meet with professionals at the unit if they need anything picking up.

Unit 2, Carlisle Business Centre, Carlisle Road, Bradford, BD8 8BD

The Gianna Baby Bank ‘Plus’ is run by Catholic Care.

We can offer baby equipment such as baby clothes, nappies, toiletries, prams, and Moses baskets to pregnant mums and their new-born babies.

Our experienced and friendly team are also available to carry out home visits and offer emotional support to some of our families. We aim to support the family until the baby reaches their first birthday.

After Covid, when is the store open?

Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm, term time only

Open on other days with prior notice.

Opening Times:

Monday: 10-3pm
Tuesday: 10-3pm
Wednesday: 10-3pm
Thursday: 10-3pm
Friday: 10-3pm
This Listing was last updated: 16 February 2021

Women’s Club

St Philip’s Church, Washington Street door, Girlington, BD8 9QW

For women and their children. Held from 1pm to 4pm every Thursday.

The Club provides opportunities for women to socialise as well as arts and other Playworkers provide activities on some weeks for children. There are also periodic visits from BafR’s befriending co-ordinator, a representative from McKenzie Friends (see Beacon on the legal advice page), Horton Housing’s HOSTS project and other services.

English lessons

See information on the education and training page.

This Listing was last updated: 18 September 2020
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