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

Bradford Foundation Trust

203 Westgate, Bradford BD1 3AD

The Bradford Foundation Trust is an organisation inspired by the Islamic tradition, uniting people of all faiths and none, to bring life to a wider and more diverse community spirit. The Prophet Muhammad, Upon Whom Be Peace, said : “The best companion in the sight of God is the one who is best to his companion, and the best neighbour in the sight of God is the one who is the best to his neighbour.”

Bradford Foundation Trust’s community work is with vulnerable people, for example refugees and asylum seekers, women fleeing violence, and families struggling to live. Through active fund-raising they finance and run several initiatives :

  • food for hungry families – Food Box Campaign
  • cash for needy families – Crisis Cash Campaign
  • support for vulnerable people
  • community access to partners (eg housing, advice, health)

During Covid, face to face contact is limited. You can phone Sabiya to make a referral on : 07504 908390 or email [email protected]

This Listing was last updated: 13 May 2021

NHS Carers Hub

This NHS service is to support people who are giving unpaid support to a family member, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.

This Listing was last updated: 7 May 2021

Parents’ Forum for Bradford and Airedale

Unit 73, Carlisle Business Centre, Carlisle Road, Bradford BD8 8BD

PFBA works to support parents and carers of disabled / SEN children and young people in the Bradford and Airedale area.

This Listing was last updated: 7 May 2021

Bradford SEND Information Advice and Support Service

Bradford SENDIASS is a service for parents and carers of children and young people (0 – 25) with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). They offer information and advice mainly about educational issues. They can also advise and signpost on health and social care issues in relation to educational provision and SEND.

This Listing was last updated: 7 May 2021

Age UK

45-47 Bradford Road, Bradford BD10 9PB

Age UK is the leading charity for older people. Age UK Bradford District can help you with information and advice about :

  • benefits
  • housing
  • health and social care
  • leisure and social activities
  • family and personal matters
  • your rights to local services
  • ….. and most other things that affect your quality of life

You can call the Bradford number, above, during office hours.

If you need support or information outside office hours, contact Age UK’s advice line 8am-7pm every day. Phone 0800 678 1602.

Or contact The Silver Line’s 24 hour helpline. Phone 0800 470 8090.

Opening Times:

Monday: 9:30-3:00
Tuesday: 9:30-3:00
Wednesday: 9:30-3:00
Thursday: 9:30-3:00
Friday: 9:30-3:00
This Listing was last updated: 12 May 2021

Women’s Club

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

Women’s Club is held from 1pm to 4pm every Thursday. It is for women and their children.

The Club provides opportunities for women to socialise as well as arts and other activities. Some weeks, playworkers provide activities 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: 17 March 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

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 [email protected] 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

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
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