We have brought together people whose support is provided via Direct Payments or Personal Health Budgets to form a user led “Care Co-Operative”.
North West Care Co-Operative administers support on behalf of Co-Op 'User' members (those recieving support) who control and direct it.
Our Co Op is small enough that members retain a significant voice in directing their support.
They take out only whatever they put in, so that the Co Op can handle individual care packages of different values.
And by bringing people with similar needs together, we offer peer support, kinship and even friendship.
'Employee' members (care givers) have decent rates of pay, good employment conditions and well-being.
They work as part of a 'self-managing' team able to support and provide cover for each other.
And with 'User' and 'Employee' members known by each other, cover can be seamless