Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale Circle has launched a new scheme called Give&Take Care.

Give&TakeCare is the brainchild of renowed academic and former TV presenter Professor Heinz Wolff and his colleague Dr. Gabriella Spinelli.

Give and Take Care (G&TC) is a time-banking scheme with the ambition to become embedded in society long-term. G&TC is made up of CareGivers and CareReceivers; both of which are called Partners.

G&TC delivers volunteer befriending support through organisations like HMR Circle, encouraging regular one-to-one support visits which can become long-term, meaningful friendships. We believe this will improve the quality of care for many older adults by increasing connections with others and providing additional support with day-to-day activities.

The scheme is also available to people in existing family care arrangements, enabling family carers to bank some caring time for their own futures.

Central to the scheme is the Care Savings Account, a personal account where CareGivers record the hours of care they give to elderly people. In the future, when CareGivers reach age 60, they can become CareReceivers and ‘spend’ their credits to gain the support they need. In this way, G&TC gives something back to those who volunteer for the elderly in their local communities.

The G&TC Care Savings Account helps CareGivers to plan for their own future support needs.

For further information about the Give&TakeCare scheme, please contact Kim Ho, Rochdale Locality Coordinator on 01706 751 165 or email