Find or give trusted care and support
- Tell us what's important to you - we offer all kinds of support, ranging from personal care and practical jobs, to help with life admin and community advocacy, to mental health and wellbeing support.
- Choose who supports you - find out about independent workers' interests, skills and experience and know that they are getting a decent wage without you paying more.
- Build your own Team - include friends and family members closely involved, together with community volunteers.
- Offer kind, expert care that plays to your strengths, expertise and experience.
- Fit work to your life, not the other way round. Set your rates and the times you work - get a decent wage for the skilled work you do.
- You both choose - it's a mutual decision to say yes to the support. This means you don't support lots of different people day after day, but get the chance to build, lasting, fulfilling caregiving relationships without the rush.
- Become a member of your local Circle - learn new skills in care, co-operation and wellbeing, support your peers and be supported in turn.
- Join our co-operative - become an owner of Equal Care Co-op and shape decisions and our evolution.
- We want to grow. Invest in Equal Care to develop a kinder, more resilient way of caregiving beyond the borders of Calderdale!
About our care and support
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.
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.
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.
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.
We work with 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-governancewe will enable workers to co-ordinate the support they offer without constantly referring decisions up a management chain.