How does it work?

Befriending and Family Care

Befriending encompasses a wide range of activities such as:

  • having a cup of tea and a chat
  • helping with reading or writing
  • lifts to get shopping or to appointments
  • dog walking
  • Help with shopping

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 GAT hours earned and spent so that all Partnerscare pension accounts are accurate.

Family carers are able to sign up to the scheme in Stage 1. 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.

Costs Involved

In order to run the IT recording system for all Partners across the UK, there will be an administration fee of £1 applied to every GAT/hour processed. The admin fee is not a payment for a care service in any commercial sense, it is simply a very modest fee to enable Give&TakeCare to fund and sustain the IT platform (logging GATs), administer the scheme and redistribute some funds back to our associate charities.

The administration fee is paid by the CareReceiver. This is collected once a month by Direct Debit.

If you would like to know more about Give&TakeCare please make contact.

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