Find out about how to get help when you or someone in your family is ill or injured.
This section is about the main healthcare system in England – the NHS (National Health Service).
It is important to make the right choice about where to go. You can make sure to get the right care.
Also, you can make sure other people can access the right services when they need them.
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Samaritans is a unique charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection. Their aim is that fewer people die by suicide.
If you are having a difficult time – talk to someone.
If you are worried about someone else – talk to someone.
Call for free, any time day or night : 116123.
You do not need credit on your phone.
If you prefer to write, they will get back to you. Go to the website for details.
FREE sessions on Wednesdays 12:00 – 14:00. (By Zoom during Covid-19)
Free gym and football for refugees and asylum seekers.
These activities are for adult women and men.
Micro Rainbow’s vision is to create a world where LGBTI people are safe, free from discrimination, persecution and have equal opportunities in life, including accessing employment, training, financial services and housing.
They are running online grounding and relaxation sessions, yoga, dance and legal workshops for LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees.
Join the mailing list to see what is coming up.
To attend a session, get in touch by email. If mobile data top up is a barrier to participation – tell Micro Rainbow. They can help.
AROUK – Arakan Rohingya Organisation UK
This business is currently affected by COVID-19 restrictions.
Arouk is an international charity based in the city of Bradford.
It is led by people who now live in Bradford, after they or their families experienced persecution in Myanmar and refugee life in Bangladesh.
They advocate and campaign. They also run many community and fund-raising projects in the city, to enable people to integrate and thrive.
AROUK offers support and advice on housing, welfare, healthcare, schools and accessing immigration advice.
There is a Talk English club.
The Children and Families Service also runs arts and crafts for children, group activities for families, Rohingya life and cultural events and trips out during school holidays, as well as home visits for the needs of the family.
Bumps and Babies
BEEP (Exercise Referral Program)
Cook & Eat
Minor Injuries Unit
Bradford Royal Infirmary
Superstore Charity Shop
This is a big charity shop that sells good value furniture and white goods, as well as clothes and smaller household items. The shop will re-open after Covid.
Meanwhile, you can still shop online at shop.sueryder.org, or on ebay.
Check on Facebook for opening times and how to donate,
HALE (Health Action Local Engagement) is an established healthy living charity based in Bradford since 2003. We work with people of all ages; providing a wide range of innovative services to directly tackle the causes of health issues experienced by the local community. HALE’s focus is on the most vulnerable members of society that feel isolated and lonely; those that struggle with mental health or self confidence issues or are exposed to dangerous or exploitative situations.
Healthy Lifestyle Bradford
Healthy Lifestyle Solutions CIC (HLS) is a healthy living organisation with the aim of reducing health inequalities in the population of Bradford, particularly residents of Tong Ward, South Bradford.
MyWellbeing College is a free NHS service to help people manage everyday problems such as feeling low, having problems sleeping, feeling anxious and experiencing stress. You can register for MyWellbeing College online or over the phone and don’t have to go through your GP. The only time they will be contacted is when you have finished your course to let them know, or if we are worried about you or others around you.
Creative Threads is a project based at St Stephen’s Church, West Bowling BD5. It is part of the community organisation, SHINE.
We believe that creativity is a vital part of human experience and one that promotes inner wellbeing. Our arts and crafts programme incorporates heritage, artists in residence, installation and permanent artworks that enhance the space we share. Everyone gets involved in our creative activities and together we have made some stunning results!
Get in touch to find out how you can take part, and to get a Covid update.
Womenzone Community Centre is a registered charity established in 2003 to address the isolation and lack of voice and visibility of South Asian women in the Bradford 3 area.
We operate from Bradford Moor, supporting women from one of the largest BAME communities in our city. The charity was set up to respond to identify needs primarily of South Asian women for a women only safe place, to prevent them from being socially excluded and assist their fuller integration into society.
This is a ‘Healthy Minds’ service specially for people who have had a cancer diagnosis. Meditation is a technique to help you calm your mind when it is busy, and to help you deal with worries and concerns.
Lishi Taoist Tai Chi
Discover Lishi, ancient Chinese exercises to raise your energy and become fitter, and learn a new philosophy for life at an open class in Bradford. At your first class you will be introduced to principles and exercises that have stood the test of time. They have been proven to work for both men and women for thousands of years so you can feel confident they will work for you too.
Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP)
Sadly, we cannot offer our full wellbeing service during the coronavirus outbreak because of public health restrictions. Wellbeing groups are temporarily cancelled but we are working on new ways of delivering extra support to our clients. Telephone support is available through Guide-Line on 01274 594594.
A 12-week course in a small group which will help you identify triggers and wellness tools to help you overcome your personal mental health issues. Talk to one of our practitioners to see if it could help you by calling 01274 730815 or e-mail [email protected]. Booking required.
Cellar Trust Covid Information
We help people with mental health challenges. We give people hope, and we help them build brighter futures. 1 in 4 of us will face a mental health problem in any given year, so whether it’s you or someone you know, we are here to help. Our services are available to people who live in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.
Our mental health services:
- Pathways to Employment – for people over 18, who are out of work with moderate to severe, and/or enduring mental health problems who want to work towards a specific goal such as education, training, voluntary or paid work.
- Workplace Wellbeing – free, specialist support group for people managing their mental health at work.
- Work retention – for people over 18, who are in work but on sick leave who need support to return to work.
- Crisis support – for people over 18, who are in severe mental distress or crisis. Open 365 days a year from 10am – 6pm.
- Telehealth – for guided self-help telephone appointments, you can register online at www.bmywellbeingcollege.nhs.uk or give the enrolment team a call on 0300 555 5551.
121 Counselling Bradford
Our waiting list is currently closed due to Covid-19 and our team are working from home offering phone or video link counselling to keep themselves and clients safe. We apologise for any delay while we move over to these new systems. Please contact us for further details.
Dementia Support Group
Roshni Ghar is a mental health community development organisation based in Keighley. The organisations offers culturally sensitive mental health and wellbeing support to adult south Asian women and BME young women diagnosed with mental ill health; offering 1:1 emotional support, as well as group support (in-house and in community settings, including schools). Roshni Ghar offers holistic services ranging from recovery, early intervention, relapse prevention to Peer led support. The organisations also supports women with long-term health conditions and addresses contributing factors to mental ill health. Food and period poverty are also addressed with appropriate provision available to meet their needs. Self Care and well-being are key aspects of the work done at Roshni Ghar. Women with severe and complex mental ill health are also supported, both in acute and community settings, as well as at home, via home visits. Therapeutic and creative support is offered to further aid recovery and to help women build a support network for themselves.
Mind in Bradford
We help people who are struggling with emotional and mental health problems across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven. Around 1 in 4 of us experience a mental health problem at any one time. We offer telephone support, a safe space to visit in times of crisis and a pathway to recovery at our wellbeing groups. We also have recovery workers ready to listen to adults and young people who are worried about their mental health. We will be by your side as you take steps towards recovery and help you build resilience, wellbeing and a better life. We’re here for you.
Survivors West Yorkshire
We offer a trauma informed counselling and support service for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse and adult rape.
We are based in Bradford but our service is available to anyone living in West Yorkshire.
More details are available on the Survivors West Yorkshire website.
Counselling & Therapy : specialist sexual violence service
During the Corona virus pandemic we are continuing to provide telephone and on-line support. (We have had to stop face to face work at our Centre, just for now.)
We offer free, one-to-one counselling for women and girls who live in the Bradford area. You can self-refer to our counselling service or be referred by other organisations and agencies, such as your GP or support worker. Counselling can give you some time and space where you can think, reflect and talk things through.
It takes a lot of courage to come for counselling and it’s not always easy to talk about your thoughts and feelings. You don’t have to talk about anything that you are not ready to talk about. Your counsellor will not judge you or tell you what to do. She will help you to try to make sense of what has happened to you and to recognise what you need to move forward.
We have a counselling service by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) counsellors for BAME women and young women. Jyoti counsellors speak Punjabi, Urdu and Mir Puri. We always use interpreters when needed so you can use the service, whatever language you speak.
Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)
We support people in Bradford to have their say about the things that matter to them. Our team will support you to be heard, to understand your rights, choices and options, and to make your own decisions. This service provides IMHA for people who need support with their rights under the mental health act. Please contact us for more details.
Homeless and New Arrivals Health Team
We are an NHS primary care multi-disciplinary team which includes Mental Health Practitioners, Nurses, a Psychological Therapist and Support Worker. We are an outreach team offering a range of support and services to those in need, including:
- mental health support
- TB education and awareness
- Latent TB testing
- Household assessments
- Psychological therapy
- Linking in with other services
We see those who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or living in unsecure tenure and are experiencing mental health difficulties, and asylum seekers in need of signposting and/or experiencing mental health difficulties.
We accept self-referrals, referrals from voluntary organisations and referrals from GP practices.
Sharing Voices Bradford is a community development mental health organisation and primarily works within the inner city areas of Bradford, comprising over 50% of Black Minority Ethnic Communities
Sharing Voices promotes self-help and mutual support, through community development. Groups are a large part of helping members to develop collective action.
Participation in activities of their own choice including fitness, music and faith groups as well as activities around art and which are gender specific.
The OUR project is a quality community service for people living with, or affected by HIV or AIDS. This includes 1-2-1 support, support groups and courses, for people in the Bradford and Airedale district.
Advice and Support: We offer advice, information and support on HIV testing and pre-testing support.
HIV Positive: Community project working with people infected and affected by HIV including counselling, advice and support. We offer one to one and group support.
Support and Social Groups: We have a drop in session once a week from 3pm to 6pm. (Check by phone or email for up-to-date arrangements during Covid.)
Courses: We offer training on transmission, treatment and living positively with HIV.
Bradford Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Survivors Service (BRC&SASS)
This is a difficult time. We’re very aware that the situation with the Coronavirus is causing anxiety and concern, and we understand the impact this can have on survivors. Rape Crisis England and Wales have a webpage about the Coronovirus and support for survivors.
You need to know that we’re still running our helpline, and we’re here to listen and provide support 01274 308 270.
Bradford Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Survivors Service
Supporting women and girls who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives.
We are still able to offer a range of support:
- This website has a section linking to on-line services
- Here are some useful self-help resources
- We are continuing to provide support to our existing service users
- We welcome both new and existing callers to our helpline
Please contact us for support. You are not alone.
Bevan Wellbeing Centre
Bevan Wellbeing Centre provides a wide range of non-medical services for patients to improve their health and well-being, and to lead more fulfilled lives.
Covid Update – some services are online or by phone, just for now.
There is a Social Prescribing Service, for people who feel they need some extra support to improve their emotional health and wellbeing.
There is also Bumps and Babies for refugee and asylum seeker women who are pregnant or have children under 2 years. A great place for friendship and support.
Other activities include :
- The Craft Room
- Health Trainers
- Advice Drop In
- Homework Club
- Men’s Woodwork
- ESOL Pre-entry level
- Living Well Group
- Toast, tea and chat
- Cannabis Spice and Legal Highs Group
HENRY (Health, Exercise, Nutrition for the Really Young)
Please visit www.henry.org.uk/betterstartbradford or our facebook page for updated information on our offer for families during Covid-19
HENRY offer a free eight week group programme for parents and carers of babies and young children to support the whole family to develop a healthy lifestyle.
Group programmes are held in Children’s Centres across the Bradford district. One to one support and starting solids information is also available in some areas.
Perinatal Support Service
Emotional support for parents suffering low to moderate levels of perinatal mental illness, for up to a year after the birth. The support is delivered by Family Action peer support volunteers, mostly in parents’ homes.
Bradford Day Shelter
The Day Shelter offers a lifeline to people who are either roofless or living in poor quality accommodation. Equally it provides an important point of contact for people who are facing housing and other complex problems.
Free mid-day meals 12 – 2 pm. Hot drinks available all day. Free laundry facilities, clothing store, toilets, baths, toiletries, health care. Outreach service.
Drop-in centre with open door policy for people over 18 who are in need of the support offered by the Day Shelter. Clients may be asked to complete an informal needs assessment form when they first access the service.