We are delighted to publish the Homeshare annual sector report. It is a comprehensive analysis of the national Homeshare sector, laying out the key success, challenges and priorities for Homeshare in the UK.
It reflects on the remarkable growth in public awareness of the Homeshare model after high profile media appearances and a video of Florence and Alexandra on BBC politics that has been viewed 25 million times.
- The number of matches has increased 42% since last year
- The average length of a Homeshare match has increased from 12-14 months
- Six schemes are now financially self-sustaining
- Evidence shows that Homeshare can simultaneously tackle loneliness at all ages, low-level support needs in older people, and the lack of affordable housing
- Homeshare is still only available to ‘self-funders’
- Large parts of the UK and Ireland are not well served by Homeshare
- There is still a lack of formalised referral pathways from health and social care professionals to Homeshare providers
- Despite huge increase in public awareness, Homeshare is still relatively unknown amongst key potential supporters including; health and social care professionals and local authority front line staff.
The report calls for local areas to become ‘Homeshare friendly,’ and for national and local leadership to make Homeshare affordable for people on low incomes. We are also asking for Homeshare to be scaled up and developed in places where there is currently limited access to the scheme, particularly Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the North East and South East of England.
Please take the time to read the full report for full picture of Homeshare in the UK, depicted in statistics and stories of people whose lives have been transformed and enriched by sharing a home, exchanging practical help, knowledge and companionship.
If you’re on the go, you can read the executive summary for some key facts!
You can also read an the reports on the Homeshare UK website.