We have today published a review of our work, covering the last ten years. Please download it from Homeshare International Review 2004-2013
The review is also available in print format, so if you would like to order a copy please do not hesitate to contact us.
The Homeshare International Autumn 2013 newsletter is now ready for you to read. Please click on the link Autumn 2013 Newsletter to read the latest news about Homeshare around the world
Attached is the latest newsletter from HANZA – Homeshare Australia and New Zealand Association
HANZA News September 2013
Age UK Oxfordshire is working with Oxford Brookes University and Oxford City Council to establish whether a Homeshare programme for the City of Oxford, U.K., might be sustainable and attractive for some of the older residents, and younger people who struggle to afford the very high rents in the city.
A survey is being undertaken of prospective householders, and the local newspaper, the Oxford Mail, has picked up the story.
Elizabeth Mills, our Honorary Director, was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science by the University of Brighton on Tuesday 23rd July. This was in recognition of her contribution to research in ageing, and to the voluntary sector. She spoke to the graduates about the importance of volunteering, and used the theme “cast your bread upon the waters and it will come back as sandwiches” to make her point. You can see her speech on http://youtu.be/AfJZGJ7z0SQ
The World Congress held in Oxford on 4/5 July was a great success. The feedback was entirely positive, and the 65+ delegates from 12 countries contributed greatly to the practical outcomes of the event.
In due course, we will put a report of the Congress, along with slides and presentations from some of the key speakers, on the website so please visit us from time to time.
A fascinating new publication reviewing the role of various co-housing models to support older people in their own homes, including Homeshare, has been produced by Hanover in collaboration with Demos. Download here Sociable Housing in Later Life May13
Nice piece in the Sunday Times Property section on 12th May 2013 about homeshare in London, focusing on Share and Care.
The Spring Newsletter is now published and can be downloaded here. News and views from around the world, the most up to date programme for the World Congress to be held in July in Oxford, and lots of useful information!
If you would like printed copies of the newsletter, please let us know; and please send to your networks to spread the word about the work of Homeshare International.
Interesting news from Oxford! But please note, they are not yet in a position to offer a homeshare matching service – they are simply “testing the temperature” to see how much interest there might be in such a service being established. So please don’t message Homeshare International asking to join!
Enactus Oxford Brookes is an award-winning student Social Enterprise Society that has teamed up with Age UK Oxfordshire to set up a project called Homeshare Oxford, a scheme that enables people to help each other out by matching elderly people who have space to spare at home with those who need somewhere to live and can offer help (such as cooking and cleaning, but not personal care) and/or companionship in return.
About the Scheme
‘Householders’ and ‘homesharers’ are interviewed and carefully matched. Homesharing is about friendship, mutual respect and support. The costs are low, and both parties gain security and independence. Homesharers can be anyone who needs to save money and is looking for companionship or a safe home environment.
For example, you could be:
- a student, new to leaving home and wanting a safe environment
- a post-graduate student who needs affordable accommodation
- a mature student looking for an affordable way to study
- relocating from another area, perhaps temporarily
- new to this country and want to find your feet before getting your own home
Establishing Expectations and Contact
To assess the needs of Oxford Brookes students and staff as potential users of this service we have created a short questionnaire which should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. We will use the information collected in this survey to tailor the service more precisely to your needs. You can access the survey by clicking this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/homeshareoxford
Find out more If you would like any more information about Homeshare Oxford or this survey email email@example.com Enactus: http://enactus.org/ Age UK Oxfordshire: http://www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire/ Homeshare: http://homeshare.org/