We believe Homeshare has the potential to change the face of social care in the UK. How? Homeshare enables two unrelated people to share a home for mutual benefit. Typically, an older householder with a room to spare will be carefully matched with a younger person who will provide an agreed amount of support in exchange for their accommodation.
The support provided by the homesharer might include help with daily living tasks such as: cleaning, shopping, gardening, overnight security and companionship.
Homesharing is a simple concept with numerous and wide ranging benefits for all participants. It has the potential to be an effective and sustainable response to two key policy challenges we have in society:
- Helping an ageing population stay in their own homes for longer
- Affordable accommodation for younger people at a time of record housing shortages and high rent.
The Homeshare model is based on trust and friendship, allowing key groups in society to ‘live well’ within their chosen communities.
- Helps an ageing population stay in their own homes for longer
- Provides affordable accommodation for younger people at a time of record housing shortages and high rent.
Shared Lives Plus
Homeshare UK is part of Shared Lives Plus, the UK network for Shared Lives and Homeshare.
Homeshare Partner Programme
The Homeshare Partner Programme is a £2 million programme developed by the Lloyds Bank Foundation and the Big Lottery Fund. It has brought together a range of partners including; Shared Lives Plus, Age UK, the Foyer Federation and Social Care Institute for Excellence to establish and develop eight new schemes, resources and support for the Homeshare Network.
Homeshare UK is a member of Homeshare International promoting Housing for Help. Homeshare operates in 14 countries around the world including: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Switzerland, France, Spain and Japan.
For more information on Homeshare International visit: www.homeshare.org