The charity will also run the district’s young carer services from April, enabling services to be offered to whole families. A carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a friend, neighbour or relative who could not manage otherwise because of frailty, illness, addiction or disability.
Ms Whiley added: “It is exciting that we will soon be providing services to all carers across the district, no matter how old they are. Delivering both these contracts brings many opportunities for us and the people we support.”
Ali Jan Haider, director of strategy at Bradford district and Craven Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), said: “Carers make a huge contribution to the health and care system and its important that we recognise what they do and ensure that carers from all backgrounds and ages get support with the care they provide.
“Over the summer we heard from 450 carers across Bradford district and Craven about what mattered most to them and what their experience of getting support had been and we used these views to help us put together the service requirements for the new contract.”
Claire Weaver, a carer and one of the People’s Board members who took part in the panel evaluating the bids, said: “I felt my views were valued and that they were given genuine consideration in the evaluation of the bids. Being given the opportunity to express my thoughts as a carer, alongside other carers with different needs, ensured our experiences were a key part of the commissioning process.”
For more information or if you are a carer who wants to refer yourself to Carers’ Resource for a discussion about support or your wellbeing, call 01274 449660 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.