Welcome to Equal Care Co-op. 
​We are an emerging care and support platform co-operative starting in the Calder Valley, UK. 

We shall be recruiting soon. Watch this space!

We want to see a care and support system which puts the relationship between giver and receiver first, shares power and allows care and support to exist in abundance. 
​
​Find out more in this video Nesta made with us.

Find or give trusted, independent, amazing support

Let local professional support workers, friends, family and neighbours come together to help.

Find out how

Offer kind, expert support at rates you set and at times to suit you both. Be part of a community of peers.

Find out how

This is the service we're building, in five images...

list of options with one ticked

Choose

It's a relationship of equals. Independent caregivers and receivers choose one another for the best chance of creating lasting, respectful, quality care and support relationships. Each role - giving and receiving - has control over what's important to them. 

trust exercise, one person falling backwards for another to catch them

Trust

All those giving support go through a full recruitment process with application, interview and reference checks. We check that it's safe for workers to give support in people's homes and that the skill mix is right for the care and support match.
wrapped present

Give

Giving is a natural part of being human. If you get stuck in a role where you're only receiving
support and services from others this can make you more unwell. We give people receiving care and community volunteers the opportunities and support to help others and to be fairly rewarded for this work.
balloon carrying weight

Ease

We remove administrative burdens for care workers and people receiving care and support without compromising on choice, safety, personal autonomy or quality. We do this by giving people on both sides of the care relationship the tools, the skills and the confidence to organise and co-ordinate their support.
jigsaw puzzle with piece separated from it

Belong

We co-ordinate the kindness that already exists in communities by developing trusted circles of support around each person and amongst peers. 
Using tried-and-tested principles of self-governance
we will enable workers to co-ordinate the support they offer without constantly referring decisions up a management chain.

Why do this?

Wages

Professional care and support practitioners are paid abominably. Many of them are in working poverty. We think this crucial and demanding job is worth much more than the minimum wage and should stop being rated at the bottom of the UK's wage scale.


In the absence of more money available we're setting out to pay as much as possible to workers, passing on the maximum income to them whilst remaining sustainable at normal market rates.  

Power

Social care is full of inequitable relationships: between council and provider, between provider and worker, between people getting support and all of those. When you are stuck in these types of low-status, high-stress relationships you get ill and you get sad. 


We are a co-operative. We're using alternative governance structures to share power. We're transparent. Joining us means you see where the money goes, who's being paid what and you participate in the decision-making. 

Scarcity

The vacancy rate in social care is already massive. 

And it's getting bigger and bigger as we all get older.


We're working on making the job much more attractive through higher rates of pay and real choice. We're introducing an alternative currency to facilitate voluntary work from people receiving support themselves and community members. We want to help redefine care and support as an abundant resource that we (i.e. all us humans) can all contribute to and benefit from.

Technology

Care and support technology is developing at a crazy pace. But shiny software doesn't remove intrinsic biases. Much of the tech on the market prioritises the manager's perspective and a surveillance, 'regulation-first' culture. The companies selling it are also mostly subject to the high-growth, fast-exit rules of venture capital culture. 


We think that co-operatively owned and co-created technology will go a long, long way towards tackling some of these problems.

Sign up to our infrequent newsletter. 
We only email if we have actual news to tell you.