Give&TakeCare arose as an innovative solution to tackle the adult social care crisis in the UK. It is a time-banking circular economy system, designed to be a sustainable model for future generations.
G&TC currently works with existing charities who support the elderly or family carers to offer a Care Savings Account. The Care Savings Account allows volunteer CareGivers to bank the hours of care they give to an older adult in their local community (or the family member they already care for). They accrue savings of hours over a period of time and when they turn 60, they can ‘spend’ their CareCredits (GATs – Give and Takes) to receive the care they need from the next generation of volunteers within the same scheme. They can also gift their CareCredits to another appropriate person needing this service.
Our aim is to help local communities develop stronger relationships and help alleviate the social care crisis among older adults across the UK.
Volunteers opt to provide services depending on their skills, interests and availability, although these must be activities not regulated by the CQC. CareGivers may make daily visits to homes, or less frequently, to help use IT and provide light domestic support. They also help CareReceivers participate in community activities.
Collaborating with charities
G&TC is collaborating with charities concerned with supporting the elderly and informal carers in the delivery of the scheme. We are currently active in Wokingham and Slough with AgeConcern, in Rochdale with Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Circle CIC and will shortly launch in Leicester with the Sahkar charity.
Funding and sustainability principles
The concept of G&TC is that for every hour of GAT(GiveandTake) care received, the CareReceiver will pay a £1 admin fee to support the scheme. This is not a payment for any care itself, but to pay for the recording system, head office, IT and small team of staff running G&TC.Fees may be collected monthly on a Direct Debit. These will be processed by the East of England Co-operative Society.
Alternatively, Partners can sign up to a membership scheme with their associate charity, whereby they pay for a set number of GAT hours per annum. If these hours are used before the end of the year, CareReceivers can top-up their GAT hours.
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