CARERS across the district are being asked to share details of their experiences to help shape future services.

Feedback is being sought as part of a joint project between NHS Bradford District and Craven clinical commissioning groups and Bradford Council.

Anyone looking after a family member, partner or friend who would be unable to cope without that support, is invited to take part.

An online survey form can be completed at, or paper copies are available by e-mailing or calling 01274 237370.

The project is also working closely with carers’ groups and voluntary organisations to gather views, and the team will be visiting meetings to speak to people face-to-face.

Victoria Simmons, head of engagement at NHS Bradford District and Craven CCGs, said: “There are over 50,000 carers across Bradford District and Craven, contributing care worth over an estimated £900 million.

“Three in five people will become a carer at some point in their lives and it can have a big impact.

“We’re keen to understand more about the challenges of being a carer to ensure we put the right support in place.

“Many people who are carers may not label themselves as such and sometimes people think that to be considered a carer you have to live with the person you care for or receive money to provide that care.

“In fact, anyone who provides unpaid care for a friend or family member who could not cope without their support is a carer. You could be supporting someone because they have an illness or disability, a mental health problem or an addiction.

“Caring can be a very rewarding and positive experience, and we want to understand what helps carers to keep going. Caring can also be challenging, so we are keen to hear about what services can do to help when things are difficult.”

“I’d like to encourage anyone in the district who is a carer to participate by completing our survey so we can ensure we take into account as many views and perspectives as possible.”