Equal Care Co-op are incorporated as a multi-stakeholder co-operative, giving their primary members (the givers and receivers of care and support) ownership of the company, technology, dividend and decision-making.
Initially set up in the Calder Valley, they are using platform technology to enable workers and people getting support to choose one another and be in control of their lives and livelihoods. The platform allows access to a mix of professional support, help from the community and from others getting support.
Using technology, the platform gives greater control to people in need of care to identify the right carers to suit their needs, and for care workers to choose employment types and hours that suit them. The platform reduces the paperwork and lowers costs, whilst at the same time improves the quality of care for the care and quality of work for the caregiver.