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What is Homeshare?

In Homeshare, someone who needs a small amount of help to live independently in their own home is matched with someone who has a housing need and can provide support or companionship.

What is Homeshare?

 

UPDATE: Homeshare grows by almost a quarter in one year... See the 2016 Homeshare Sector Report HERE

In Homeshare, someone who needs a small amount of help to live independently in their own home is matched with someone who has a housing need and can provide support or companionship.

Homeshare schemes arrange the matching process between the ‘Householder’, who typically owns their home but has developed some support needs or has become isolated or anxious about living alone, with the ‘Homesharer‘, typically a younger student or key public service worker who cannot afford housing.

Usually no rent is charged, but the household bills are shared, and in return the Homesharer will help out around the house, for example by cooking meals, running errands, shopping trips and providing company. Homeshare works because a new relationship, designed to bring benefits to both people, is balanced with clarity and safeguards to protect everyone.

The Benefits of Homeshare
Homeshare can benefit people who own or rent a home, for example:

  • older people who need low level support
  • older people who are anxious or isolated;
  • disabled people who need support to move towards or maintain independent living;
  • family carers who are struggling with isolation or who juggle work and caring.

Homeshare can benefit people who lack affordable housing, for example:

  • students and key public service workers on modest means;
  • people at the bottom of council house waiting lists or living in foyer accommodation.

Homeshare programmes can produce savings and efficiencies:

  • reduced risks of falls; better health and well-being for older people;
  • reduced pressure on housing provision;
  • increased affordability of higher education;
  • easier recruitment to lower paid public service jobs;

Homeshare is typically welcomed by families who may not live near their elderly relatives. The Homesharer provides support and companionship on a regular and daily basis, something relatives are not able to do.

The Shared Lives Plus Homeshare Association Contact Details

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Ategi
Rowena Razzaq, Ategi, Clare Charity Centre, Wycombe Road, Saunderton, HP14 4BF

Web: www.ategi.org.uk/homeshare.html

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone: 01494 568888

 

 

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Careaid Limited
Abu Mahfuz, Careaid Limited,132 Eric Street, Mile End, London , E3 4SS

Web: www.careaid.co.uk

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone: 07903748285

Draycott Homeshare
 

Draycott Homeshare
Paula Dagger, Draycott Homeshare 100 Sydney St, London , SW3 6NJ

Web: www.draycotthomeshare.co.uk

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Phone: 0207 3519901

Homeshare Scotland

Homeshare Scotland (trading name of Forth Valley Enterprise C.I.C.)
BRAG Building Main St Lochgelly
KY5 8BJ
Phone: 01592 860 296 or 07514 905945 - Anna Sandland Project Manager 
07979654022 - Liz Reid Homeshare Co-ordinator
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.homeshare-scotland.org


 

 

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Homeshare International
Elizabeth Mills, Homeshare International, 11 Divinity Road, Oxford, OX4 1LH 

Web: homeshare.org
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Homeshare West
Audrey Heard, Homeshare Co-ordinator, Homeshare West Randall Close, Kingswood, BS15 4SD (BATH)

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 0117 908 3045
Mobile: 0781 519 4554

Novus 

Novus
Radha Hirani, Novus – The London Carer’s Centres Consortium

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 03300 88 2225
 

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Room for Tea Ltd
Milena Bottero, Room for Tea Ltd, 1st Floor New Zealand House, 8O Haymarket, SW1Y 4TE,

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: www.roomfortea.com 
Phone 0203 239 4913
mobile 07912645853

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Share & Care UK
Caroline Cooke/Amanda Clarke, Share & Care UK, 12 Acris St, London, SW18 2QP

Phone: 020 8875 9575
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Supportmatch
Sibel Whitehead, Supportmatch

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web: www.supportmatch.co.uk
Phone 01604905517
Mobile: 07742 807677 –07847072490

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Positive Steps 

Diane Phillips, Positive Steps Shropshire Ltd, Louise House, Roman Road, Shrewsbury , SY3 9JNTel  

Phone: 01743251568

Email     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web      www.positivestepsshropshire.com

 

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Intergenerations Worcester

Vestia Community Trust (part of the Community Housing Group), Community House, Stourport Road, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 7QE

Phone: 01562 733138 

Web: www.vestia.org.uk

 

 

What can you expect as a Homeshare member?

Our membership is open to organisations who facilitate Homeshare, but not to individuals who participate in Homeshare matches. As a member, you can expect:

  • Support from the team, which is included in the membership fee, subject to “fair usage”.

  • Support which is strategic or intensive may need to be negotiated on a chargeable basis and may be delivered through our subsidiary, Community Catalysts.

  • A monthly ebulletin on policy, government, funding and other issues.

  • Access to network meetings and occasional conferences.

  • Access to the members-only Forum to make it easy for members to contact and support each other and communicate with the SharedLivesPlus team and each other.

  • A members-only document library containing resources which are free to members.

  • The opportunity to contribute to national reports and research.

  • A voice with local, regional and national decision makers and a programme of awareness-raising about Homeshare.

To join as a Homeshare organisation, call us on 0151 227 3499.

About Homeshare

This section includes guides to setting up homeshare schemes and the benefits they can bring. 

Useful Publications (Right click and download as)

pdfSL-HOMESHARE-Report_May_15.pdf

pdfHOMESHARE GUIDE PDF

pdfHomeshare Final Report July 2010 - PDF

pdfNAAPS Homeshare commissioners messages
pdfNAAPS Homeshare policy makers PDF