Give paid care and support
We are recruiting new and experienced care and support workers in Calderdale to offer support in people's homes on an independent or an employed basis.
You can read more about the role below and take a look at our faq to help you decide whether working independently or as an employee of Equal Care would be best for you (you cannot be both at the same time).
Please note that for employed roles you need to have your own car and full driving license. For independent roles you cannot be new to giving care and support and you must have at least one year's experience and a recognised relevant qualification (minimum Care Certificate).
We offer alternative ways to complete the application, including over the phone and face to face taking notes. Please contact us at [email protected] if this is what you would prefer.
What are the steps?
Equal Care & Support Worker
Whether you are looking to work independently or joining Equal Care as an employee, there is one value we ask everyone in our community to bring and to uphold: this is mutual care for one another.
Everyone giving support at Equal Care (whether they're volunteering, independent or employed) becomes a member of one or more Teams. Teams are always owned by the person receiving the support. The Team Owner chooses who joins their team. Some teams have advocates (usually a family member but not always) who take on or support these decisions if the team owner is not able to do so.
Just as each giving and receiving relationship is different, each Team works differently, with different ways of working and share of responsibilities.
frequently asked questions
The differences between employment and independence
What are the features of employment?
Fixed hours and times during the week are agreed at the start of your employment and changed through a contract variation by mutual agreement between you and your Circle.
As an employee, your work in Teams is already covered by your contract of employment with Equal Care (no need for separate agreeements).
You don’t have to think about tax! Equal Care is responsible for getting this right.
You are paid for the hours you are at work, not just the hours you are giving support.
The co-operative is responsible for keeping your training up to date and this takes place on paid time.
Access to sick pay (above statutory sick pay - exact details tbc) and holiday pay
30 days holiday per year for a full-time role (37.5 hours per week)
Employer contributory pension of 4.5% (1.5% above statutory requirements)
Your travel expenses are reimbursed at the end of each tax year and are taken care of by the co-operative
An employee has less choice than an independent worker about giving support and providing backup in Teams that need it. If it is during working hours and the support is needed you will need to give it!
Equal Care will give support which is contracted and commissioned by local authorities. Many councils require providers to carry out time tracking, showing exactly when people arrive and leave visits. As an independent worker you have the choice about whether or not to join Teams which are subject to this requirement. As an employee you will need to participate in more detailed time tracking because of this being required by councils.
What are the features of independence?
Set your own rates, decide your own hours. Be as flexible as you need to be.
We help you keep control of your book-keeping. You can submit your expenses and we will generate your end-of-year statement for HMRC (though bear in mind this won't include income you receive from outside of your work through the co-operative)
Your income as an independent worker will fluctuate from month to month and the hours you commit to are with each Team you join.
Free access to training (including reminders when your qualifications are due to expire) and continuous professional development
An independent worker is paid for the hours they bill for in their Teams and work they are contracted to do directly by the co-operative. This doesn’t include travel time or keeping up their training (hence the higher hourly rate)
Access to advice on managing self-employment
Join the Equal Care Bread Fund - a monthly contribution from you that then pays out if you get sick (still in process of setting this up)
Peer support (you are not alone!)
Support to find back-up for when you are on holiday or ill (although this is not guaranteed - there are always times when others are not able to cover your support hours at short notice or during popular holiday months).
Regular work from a larger pool of people who are looking for support. If somebody suddenly goes into hospital, for example, you can still find work to keep up your income. You can also take on more co-op funded roles, such as recruitment.
As an independent worker, you have unique agreements set with each Team you join. These agreements may vary in price, timings and flexibility depending on what you negotiate with the team.
An independent worker always has the choice to say no to an ask for backup or to cover in teams if this goes beyond their existing team agreement.
Priority access to salaried employment opportunities as the co-operative grows (if that’s what you would prefer)
You are in charge of your holidays and - with negotiation in your teams - you can take as much or as little holiday as you wish. We will help you keep an eye on this (holidays are important!).