A CHARITY supporting carers is hoping to sign up more volunteers at a special open day later this month.

Volunteering opportunities from helping in the office to supporting people after a stay in hospital, will be up for grabs at the open day on Tuesday, April 11 from 1pm to 3pm, at Unit 15, Park View Court, off St Paul’s Road in Shipley.

From making visits to clients at home to helping run social groups for carers, volunteers at the Bradford carers’ charity are vital and valued, said Chris Whiley who is Director of Carers’ Resource.

Carers’ Resource, Bradford district’s integrated carers service, supports people who look after a relative or friend who would not manage otherwise because of frailty, illness, disability or addiction.

“This is a wonderful way for us to show people the variety of ways they can get involved and help support the vital services we provide for carers, clients and vulnerable people in the district. Our volunteers are vital and valued and their role is pivotal in the work we do,” added Ms Whiley.

Volunteer co-ordinator Val Stewart said: “It brings great satisfaction to many to help others – and what may seem like just a monthly coffee morning to someone can be a lifeline to a carer who is feeling isolated.”

Helen Gunton, 49 and from Oakworth, is already one of the charity’s dedicated volunteers and first heard about the charity when she was looking for a support group to go with her late husband Nigel. She joined the charity’s Time For Me group for carers and cared for, ex-carers and over 50s and after her husband’s death in February 2016 still kept going, ending up as its leader.

“I love chatting to the people who come to Time For Me. I am there to give support where needed and we have lots of fun, interesting speakers and activities and there is always laughter. I would say to anyone considering volunteering - do it.”

Mrs Gunton got a wide range of support from Carers’ Resource, including an Emergency Plan and a Wellbeing Review which got her a grant to help with her hobby researching her family tree. Full training will be given to volunteers, as well as ongoing support. Call 01274 449660 or email vstewart@carersresource.org