GOVERNORS are being sought by a care trust.

People are being urged to nominate themselves for a post, with the Bradford District Care Trust.

Successful candidates would be involved in discussions about the organisation's services and plans and in the appointment of senior members.

And they could take part in activities such as community-based membership events.

Fourteen governor seats are up for grabs across seven 'constituencies', including Keighley, Craven and Shipley.

Colin Perry, lead governor at the trust, said: "The most rewarding aspect of being a governor is that it's an important and valuable role and you can have a real influence on the work of the trust.

"It's crucial that we act as the voice of the public in the meetings we attend, to ensure its voice is heard."

To become a governor, people must be at least 16 and a trust member.

Membership is free – visit or call 01274 363552.

Members can then put themselves forward for election between January 26 and February 12.

They will need to complete a statement highlighting why they would like to take up a governor post and what they could contribute.

Voting will take place from February 29 to March 22, and those appointed will begin their three-year term of office in May, following an induction.

Paul Hogg, the trust's director of corporate affairs, urges people to consider putting themselves forward.

He added: "The governor elections are an excellent opportunity for members of the public, whether currently using our services or not, to get involved in the trust's work.

"We deliver such a wide range of community and hospital services, from mental health to school and district nursing, that the majority of people in the area will come into contact with the trust at some point in their lives.

"By becoming a governor, it ensures that the views of local people are actively heard at the highest level of the organisation."

Prospective governors are invited to attend one of two meetings being held this month, when the role will be outlined and people will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Both meetings are at New Mill, in Victoria Road, Saltaire – the first from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday, January 23, and the second between 12.30pm and 2.30pm on Wednesday, January 24.

Anyone wishing to attend should register by contacting the trust membership office on or 01274 363552.