Every Supported and Advocate Member has a Link to help them with co-operative membership.
To be a Link for someone you will:
Be an informal mentor and cheerleader for that person
Meet regularly, no less than once every three months - you and your linked person decide this together (this can be a longer time period for Supported and Advocate members)
Remember their birthday! Mark special occasions and co-ordinate kindnesses.
Remind others about any health or accessibility needs your linked person has and ensure equipment, venues, meetings, events etc are bearing these in mind.
Keep them up to date with news (as appropriate)
Introduce them to Equal Care Co-op and support them in the work they are doing, whether that's unpaid or paid
Be the problem-solver. Share the problem, solve it together. Enlist others' help.
For those volunteering their time, you will help them plan and carry out their role, including:
a role description shaped to suit them – we support role-shaping and ‘role-carving’ (matching and creating roles to fit the person)
the amount of time it is likely to take up
where the volunteering will take place
any formal training or additional support that needs arranging
support for their future aspirations, which may include paid work with Equal Care Co-op or moving into employment elsewhere.
Being a Link can be a lot of work, or a little, depending on who you are linked to, their strengths, needs and experience.
Everyone contributing their labour to Equal Care Co-op (regardless of whether they are a Member or not) has a Link.
Every Supported and Advocate Member has a Link, usually this role is filled by the Equal Care Facilitator.
Everyone else can ask for a Link and you never know, one might come along!
You cannot be a Link for someone if you have trouble seeing their value and potential.
You cannot be a Link for someone for more than one year.
People change link worker at the beginning of a new year.