What we've done
We have our initial team in place and a wider group of fabulous people giving their voluntary support and advice.
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.
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! (it's still open, so do help us out if you can!).
Of course, this is never really 'done'. But we have worked hard to tell more people about us, recruit more volunteers and we're busy on Twitter.
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.
What we're doing now
Prototyping the platform
We are prototyping and testing the platform we'll be using to connect people wanting to give and people wanting to receive support.
Starting 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.
Preparing our Community Share Offer
Our Share Offer will be launched at the end of March, offering social investors a return on investment as well as a capital gains tax break. If you're interested, tell us!
The next three months
Launch the eccoo platform (invitation only)
We will curate a safe, trusted, information-rich platform to connect people who need support with those able to give it.
Launch our March Pioneer Community Share Offer
Our Share Offer shall be available for people to invest in and it will close at the end of the tax year... The share offer will provide seed funding for full development and launch.
Welcome our first group of independent workers
This will include lots of training and support and learning as people start trying out self-governing, self-managing ways of working.
The next year
Build our team
We are working on a combination of small grants at the moment and making up the rest through dedication and determination. After our share offer and (hopefully) successful support from a funder, we'll be able to grow our team.
Co-develop 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.
Start building the real deal
We're using a combination of off-the-shelf tools to get us up and running. Later this year though, we will be starting on bespoke development of our platform and overall service.
Register with the Care Quality Commission
We don't believe that just being an introductory care service will be right for everyone. Registering will enable us to offer excellent support and introduce stable employment contracts for workers.