What is Give&TakeCare?

Who we are

Give&TakeCare (G&TC) is a Community Interest Company, based at Brunel University London. The G&TC project is funded by Innovate UK, the government’s Innovation Agency for our initial term.

Our aims are:

  • To promote person-centred care for older adults (60+) in local communities
  • Alleviate issues of loneliness and isolation
  • Improve the prospects of care for future generations
  • Reduce the ongoing care crisis by expanding the project across the UK

What is Give&TakeCare

  • Give&TakeCare (G&TC) is a Community Interest Company time-banking scheme. The G&TC project was set up to address aspects of the elderly care crisis in the UK.

 

  • G&TC is a form of time-banking: volunteers providing befriending support now, can bank those hours to use later in life

 

  • Alternatively, saved hours can be donated to others

 

  • G&TC offers volunteer befriending care for older adults (normally 60+) in the local community

 

  • The scheme is also available to those involved in existing family care arrangements

 

  • G&TC offers the scheme through charities because we want to work with organisations already present in the community and with knowledge of volunteering services

 

  • The scheme consists of those who give care CareGivers (18+), and older adults (60+) in receipt of care,  One can be a CareGiver and a CareReceiver at the same time

 

  • Both CareGivers and CareReceivers on the scheme are referred to as Partners