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Carer and parent resources

Our Trust is committed to keeping carers and families of people who use our services informed​ and supported.

Read our family, friends and carers commitment​. It has been developed jointly by the Trust, family, friends, carers, third sector and partners. The Trust recognises the very difficult job thousands of carers do in supporting family members and loved ones. This commitment is designed to ensure that this critical role is acknowledged and respected and your own needs are met. The Trust’s guiding values are to provide services where families and carers matter. We greatly value the role that family and friends have in supporting recovery and maintaining health and wellbeing.​​

These are our three commitments to carers:

  1. We will work with you as a partner

  2. We will support you to get help and assistance when you need it

  3. We will train our staff to be aware of carers’ needs​

Download our summary infographic​ for more information and facts about carers and our commitment to them. 


The Trust has developed a carers’ passport for those in a caring role to keep contact details, useful information about themselves and the person they care for, and details of local carer support groups and services in a handy document.

Download the carers’ passport.

Download our Wakefield carer information leaflet (PDF, 332 KB).

Working with leading national charity Carers UK, NHS England are giving unpaid carers free access to new digital resources. The Digital Resource for Carers is an online platform that hosts a wealth of resources for carers to help build resilience in their caring role. The resources can help care providers also and includes e-learning, guides and comprehensive signposting, access to MyBackUp, a simple contingency planning tool for what might happen in an emergency, and Jointly, Carers UK’s care co-ordination.

Find out more about the potentially lifesaving Message in a Bottle programme launched by the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership.

Download the fantastic new “Children’s Health Services App -HDFT”, crammed with helpful advice and help on infant feeding, schools, immunisation, diet and exercise with new (budget friendly) recipes, local support and activities from all the Wakefield Families Together partners. Free to download for Android and Apple devices, you can find out more about the app and how to download it here Growing Healthy Wakefield 0-19 Service – Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust (hdft.nhs.uk).

Find out more about what’s available to carers locally…

Carers Wakefield & District

Carers Wakefield & District offer free and confidential information and support to adult and young adult carers (people over the age of 18) living in the Wakefield Council area.

Carers Wakefield & District run the following Support Groups for carers. These groups are not running at the moment due to the current situation with Covid-19, however plans are in place to open them up again in the coming months. If you are interested in attending one of these groups, then please telephone Carers Wakefield on 01924 305544 to provide your details and they will contact you to let you know when the group restarts.

  • Ackworth Carers Group, Ackworth Library, Bell Lane, Ackworth, WF7 7JH. Meets 3rd Friday of every month, 1.30pm – 3.30pm.
  • BAME Ladies Carers Group, Carers Wakefield & District, 25 King Street, WF1 2SR. Meets last Tuesday of every month, 10am – 12pm.
  • Care Home Carers Support Group, Morrisons, Dewsbury Road, Wakefield, WF2 9BY. Meets 4th Monday of every month, 10.30am – 12.30pm.
  • Ferrybridge & Knottingley Carers Group, Kellingley Social Club, 25 Marine Villa Road, Knottingley, WF11 8ER. Meets last Wednesday of every month, 10am-12pm.
  • Hemsworth & SESKU Carers Group, Hemsworth Methodist Church, Barnsley Road, Hemsworth. Meets the 1st Thursday of every month, 12.30pm – 2.30pm.
  • Men’s Group, Location varies from month to month. Meets 4th Friday of every month, 12.30pm – 2.30pm.
  • Mental Health Carers Group, Carers Wakefield & District, 25 King Street, Wakefield, WF1 2SR. Meets 1st Tuesday of every month, 10.30am – 12.30pm.
  • Outwood Carers Group, Bevin Community Centre, Bevin Close, Outwood. Meets 2nd Thursday of every month, 11am – 1pm.
  • Pontefract & Castleford Carers Group, Baileygate Court Sheltered Housing Complex, The Maltings, Pontefract, WF8 1HQ. Meets 2nd Tuesday of every month, 10.30am – 12pm.
  • Wakefield Carers Group, Quaker Meeting House, Thornhill Street, Wakefield, WF1 1NQ. Meets last Thursday of every month, 10.30am – 12pm.
  • Working Carers Group, Sainsburys Café, Trinity Walk, Wakefield. Meets 1st Thursday of every month, 5.30pm – 7pm.
  • Young Adult Carers Group (Age 17-25), Locations and activities vary from month to month. Usually meet on a Thursday evening and day trips are arranged out of term time.

Visit their website


Young Carers

In addition to the Carers Wakefield & District Young Carers Support Group above, the Young Carers Support App, launched on Young Carers Action Day 2021, is a one-stop shop for young carers in West Yorkshire and Harrogate with advice and information on relationships, education, your health and more.

You can download the app from:

The App Store (for Apple)

Google Play (for Android)

For more information, please visit the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Partnership website.


And nationally…


Carers Trust

The Carers Trust aims to support unpaid carers to live their lives. Check out their website for information about support in your local area, national support, resources and information on anything from wellbeing and getting a break to benefit support and young carers.


Supporting someone with suicidal thoughts and feelings

MIND and Rethink Mental Illness have produced these useful resources on supporting people with suicidal thoughts and feelings.

suicidal-thoughts-how-to-support-someone-factsheet (1) (PDF, 599 KB) support-someone-who-feels-suicidal-2017 (PDF, 596 KB)


The Horizon Plan

Information for parents/guardians around supporting a self-harming young person from The Horizon Plan.