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Bradford venture shows carers’ skills are “top of the shops”

Carers across Bradford and Airedale who have learned new skills while looking after a loved one at home will be showcasing their talent in a new business venture this week.

Shipley-based charity, the Carers’ Resource, is opening a ‘pop-up’ shop in Market Street, Bradford, where shoppers will be able to buy a range of products, including jewellery, gingerbread, candles, clothing, cards, homeware and paintings.

The shop, called ‘Create’, will feature arts and crafts made by more than 20 local carers when it opens its doors between 10am and 3.30pm from now until Saturday.

Among them is Maureen Barton, of Clayton Heights, who cares for her husband.

She makes her own jewellery after being awarded a Carer’s Small Grant from Bradford Council which enabled her to go to night classes to learn her new skill.

Maureen said:

“I’ve tended to sell my jewellery at parties held with family and friends, so this is a new departure for me but one I am really looking forward to.

“I wanted to do something which, as a full-time carer, I could do at home and making jewellery is something I really enjoy.”

Ann Roberts, of Silsden, cares for her son. She makes a range of everyday homeware items, ranging from greeting cards to door hangers. 

She said:

“This is a great opportunity for people like me to show a new audience what we can do and raise our profile.”

The Carers’ Resource hopes the initiative will help those unpaid carers who make products in their spare time to earn some extra money or supporting them in setting up their own small business.

Stella Elson, locality and service manager for The Carers’ Resource in Bradford, said:

“We know from the work we do with thousands of carers across the district that there is a wide pool of talent out there.

“This is the first time we have opened a ‘pop up’ shop to capture this range of skills in one place and we hope shoppers will turn out in force to support carers in our community.”

The charity thanked Fabric Bradford, who own the shop space being used for Create, for backing the venture in this way.

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