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Age Concern Twyford & District
Polehampton Close
Twyford
Berkshire
RG10 9RP
0118 934 4040

Give&TakeCare

What is Give&TakeCare?

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A community led solution to the care of older adults.

Give&TakeCare is a scheme which encourages people to support the elderly in their local communities.

The aim is to improve the quality and quantity of care offered and, in turn, improve the prospects of care for future generations when they too reach old age.

Partner as a CareReceiver

Partner with Give&TakeCare as a CareReceiver and receive befriending and household support from our CareGivers.

What are the benefits of being a CareReceiver?

How can someone become a CareReceiver?

Simply register with the Locality Manager. You will become part of the scheme and be matched with someone who can offer the befriending and household care you need.

Is there a cost?

There is a membership fee of £50 per year which will allow you to join the Age Concern Day Centre and give you 30 hours of individual befriending care. You can access more hours of befriending care if you need to.

Partner as a CareGiver

Partner with Give&TakeCare and build up a personal Care Savings Account for your future.

What are the benefits of being a CareGiver?

How does it work?

By giving some of your time to support an elderly person now you will bank the time you give and make provision for your own old age.

With Give&TakeCare you will be able to build up care credits. The hours of care that you save will be available for you when you are 60+ and you may need them. As a Give&TakeCare Partner you can ‘spend’ these hours in later life and gain support from the local community.

How much does it cost to be a CareGiver?

Nothing, remember your time ‘spent’ will be banked in your personal Care Savings Account for your future. The only cost you incur is your time!

How do I become a Give&TakeCare Partner?

If you would like to become a Give&TakeCare Partner, contact our Locality Manager on 0118 3273538 or email wokingham.locality@giveandtakecare.co.uk.

Help us become the solution to the care crisis by generating more support for our elderly community now and in the future.

To find out more about Give&TakeCare please visit the website.

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How does it work?

The scheme involves older adults who are CareReceivers, charity befriending partners who are CareGivers, and Family carers who are also CareGivers. Both types of CareGivers and CareReceivers are called Partners.

Befriending encompasses a wide range of activities such as:

Charity volunteers registered to offer befriending will state what skills they can offer and when. They will ensure they only offer befriending care and do not provide any personal care, which is a regulated activity.

All locations where Give&TakeCare operates will have a Locality Manager who will match CareGivers and  CareReceivers according to their skills, needs, and proximity. The Locality Managers will log all G&T hours earned and spent so that all Partners’ care pension accounts are accurate.

Family carers are able to sign up to the scheme. Family members already offer high levels of personal care to loved ones. This is care that is unregulated by the Care Quality Commission and unpaid. Under the G&TC-scheme, Family carers will continue to support their loved ones in the same way, but they can also have some of their hours logged in a G&TC care pension. To be eligible, those who wish to join the scheme must first become members of associate charities, so they can then bank up to 5 hours a day of the care they provide into their G&TC account.

Give&TakeCare has an established recording system to log the hours of support (GATs) given and received between Partners. The database will keep precise and secure information of how many GATs are earned or spent between Partners. The scheme, once operating across the UK, will be self-sustaining in the future.

Give&TakeCare Benefits

Give&TakeCare hope to demonstrate that a community-based approach to our social care problem can offer a tangible solution and real alternative to the current social care models. By alleviating some of the social care requests G&TC will relieve the NHS of some strain. G&TC aims to improve quality of care as the care needs will be decided by the CareReceiver, not an organisation. For associate charities, G&TC is another income stream to support their work.

Age Concern Twyford and Give&TakeCare

Age Concern Twyford and District are partnering with Give and Take Care Community Interest Company (CIC) for the first 12 months of the pilot stage of the implementation. Once the concept is proven and becomes sustainable for the Charity, we will be responsible for the ongoing service to members.

This is a great opportunity to give something back to our volunteers and at the same time improve the level of care many elderly people struggle to get at reasonable prices. The initial focus will be on befriending activities and volunteers will be matched up to elderly people needing assistance with befriending.

Age Concern Twyford and District have appointed a Locality Manager who will soon be contacting other charities and organisations that use volunteers to help the aged. The Locality Manager will also work closely with our Outreach Co-ordinator, as the work they do complements one another and we should be able to reach out to more people in the community in the future.

Background

An innovative scheme to improve care for older adults in the UK.

Give&TakeCare (G&TC) project started in February 2016, as an ambitious, innovative idea to improve how we as a society care for older people across the UK. The aim is to improve the quality of care for older adults, and in turn, improve the prospects of care for future generations when they too become elderly. Our scheme is of mutual exchange: ‘support provided by me now, in return for support for me later’.

We aim to create more person-centred care for the elderly, that will reduce loneliness, and build community support networks while also helping NHS expenditure, by mobilising society at large to work together to help solve the current care crisis.  This is highlighted more by the fact that 46% of the Adult Social Care budget in 2013/14 was spent on people over 65.

To find out more about Give&TakeCare, please go to the website.