What we've done

Our Team

We have our full team in place for our pilot year and a wider group of fabulous people giving their voluntary support and advice. 

Our Website

We now have a website to give you more information about Equal Care Co-op and to grow our membership.

Incorporation and bylaws

We're not a standard company with standard articles. Everything in our co-operative governance is completely bespoke to fit with our values, aims and mission.

Our Office

It may seem like a small thing in this world of virtual interactions but having a place to work from really helps!

Run our Christmas Crowdfunder

We asked for help from the crowd and hit our target of £23,000 in donations!  We were supported by the co-operative community and many others who want to see changes in social care.

Recruited independent workers and local volunteers

We ran an open recruitment seeking experienced, independent care and support professionals together with local volunteers

Participated in first ever Platform Co-op accelerator

Co-operatives UK ran UnFound last year, which we were part of. Lots of brilliant connections, learning (and work!) has emerged from this.

Secured feasibility and exploratory grant support

We have had support from Paul Hamlyn Foundation Ideas and Pioneers Fund, we're a Nesta ShareLab grantee and we've been helped by Reach Foundation and Bright Ideas. 

Ran our Pioneer Community Share Offer

Our Share Offer opened on 12th June and closed on 14th August 2019. We raised 137% of our target and we welcomed 161 new Investor Members to Equal Care Co-op.

We became Finance Innovation Lab Fellows

We participated in the Finance Lab incubator to develop our aspirations and plans to enable abundant support in our communities

Participated in the Care Quality Commission Sandbox

We worked with the CQC to develop their new approach to community-led care and support teams working in a self-managed way.

CQC Registration

We registered with the Care Quality Commission on 20 August 2020 and are now offering regulated care and support.

What we're doing now

Private beta launch


Our platform and service has launched within our immediate community.

Working with our first Circle 

We are setting up the first self-managing peer group of care and support workers and community volunteers in the Calder Valley. 

Co-developing with our small community of users

We shall co-design and co-create our platform and service, working with groups happy to give detailed and critical feedback.

Recruiting independent workers & offering support!

We are welcoming independent care and support workers and we are building teams with people looking for care and support.

The next three months

Test and iterate

Our community will work closely with our platform team to develop and prioritise the features of the product.

Grow our membership

We will grow our co-op membership to bring us to the next stage of participatory and shared decision-making.

Evaluate our pilot

We will check our work - this includes our social impact, developing and evaluating the model and creating our 'playbook.'

Develop our partnerships

We like working with other people. We're developing partnerships with a range of different types of organisation to help us put the best foot forward.

The next year

Launch our next community share offer: Flourish

Our 2019 community share offer has allowed us to plant the seed. Our 2021 offer will allow it to flourish.

Full digital release

Our platform will be available for use across the country.

Bring new circles together​

Our community support circles will start to grow and set up in new areas as our network of Circle Founders grows.

CQC Inspection

Our first inspection by the CQC.