We believe Homeshare has the potential to change the face of housing and 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 affordable accommodation.
The support provided by the homesharer might include help with 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 is an effective and sustainable response to three key policy challenges:
- Helping an ageing population stay independently in their own homes for longer
- Providing affordable accommodation for younger people at a time of record housing shortages and high rent
- Ending loneliness
The Homeshare model is based on trust and friendship, allowing people to ‘live well’ within their chosen communities.
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 Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales and the Big Lottery Fund. It has brought together a range of partners including; Shared Lives Plus (Homeshare UK), Age UK, the Foyer Federation and Social Care Institute for Excellence to establish and develop eight new Homeshare schemes.
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
Homeshare offers a new and sustainable model for people to live more independently and take control of their lives through supporting one another.Dawn Austwick