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Bradford “first” for charity as it offers evening opening to carers

A charity is poised to break new ground with plans to extend its support to the growing number of carers across Bradford. 

In response to rising demand among those who juggle work with looking after a loved one, Carers’ Resource is to offer evening opening for the first time. 

Every Tuesday, starting next week (June 14), its centre at in Parkview Court, St Paul’s Road, Shipley will stay open until 8pm. 

The initiative will enable carers who cannot visit during the day to attend one-to-one appointments, specific workshops or groups. 

“As well as a caring organisation, we are also a listening one – and determined to adopt a personalised approach to meeting the changing needs of local carers,” said Carers’ Resource director, Chris Whiley. 

“Our twilight session has been developed on the back of feedback we have received from them and marks a step forward for the charity in the way we reach out into our community. 

“We recognise that the role of a carer can be a demanding, round-the-clock role, particularly when striving to balance home and work lives. It does not start or finish at a set time – and we want our support to reflect this. 

“By widening access in this way, many more people will be able to benefit from the range of specialist services and advice that we provide. We look forward to building on this new dimension.” 

The first late-opening will include a workshop to guide parent carers through the forms that need to be completed for renewing their Disability Living Allowance (DLA) tax-free benefit. It will start at 6pm and be led by Natalie Baxter, the charity’s parent carer caseworker. 

On June 21, the new Shipley Book Group opens another new chapter for Bradford District’s caring community, which is estimated to be in excess of 50,000 people. It is designed to appeal to keen readers who would like to discuss books with others. 

Members will read popular novels as chosen by the group and will meet once a month, from 6.30pm to 8pm. 

For those who find it difficult to get to the group, there will be the option of e-mailing or posting comments which will be read out.  A resume of the discussion will be shared afterwards.

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