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! 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. We will re-open recruitment for paid workers in late Summer.
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.
Launched and run our Pioneer Community Share Offer
Our Share Offer opened on 12th June and closed on 14th August. We raised 137% of our target and we welcomed over 150 new Investor Members to Equal Care Co-op. If you would like to become an Investor Member, sign up to our newsletter and we'll keep you updated with new opportunities.
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.
Closing the share offer
We're writing to our new investor members and doing the administrative and reporting work needed to complete the offer.
Recruiting independent workers
We have welcomed our first cohort of independent workers and we are recruiting experienced local people to grow our capacity to offer support.
The next three months
Demo Day with the Finance Innovation Lab
We're participating in the Finance Lab incubator to develop our co-operative and our aspirations to enable abundant support in our communities. 'Demo Day' is the culmination of the programme.
Build our team
We are preparing to build our capacity and recruit more members of our team in Halifax. Advertising for our new roles begins soon!
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.
The next year
Evaluate our pilot
We will check our work - this includes our social impact, developing and evaluating the model and creating our 'playbook.'
Beta launch with our community of users
Our platform and service will launch within our immediate community..
Bring new circles together
Our community support circles will start to grow and set up in new areas as part of 'Phase Two'
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.