Over 100 people from eight countries attended the 4th World Homeshare Congress in Melbourne in November, making this the biggest conference to date. Congratulations and thanks to our hosts, HANZA, for their superb organisation and warm welcome to the delegates. Read the highlights on the congress page where you can also link to all the presentations.
Homeshare International is a network of professionals worldwide who run a homeshare programme, support the development of homesharing or raise awareness of what homeshare can offer as a solution to many of society’s needs. Join the network here.
Homeshare enables two unrelated people to share their lives for their mutual benefit. A homesharer provides support and companionship to a householder in exchange for free or low-cost accommodation. Homeshare is a flexible solution that can benefit many people with support or housing needs.
Homeshare builds relationships, often between two generations, recognising that people who take part have needs and something to give.
We do not provide a homesharing service to individuals – if you are interested in becoming a homesharer read about programmes that operate in various countries.
Our latest newsletter features details of the forthcoming congress in Melbourne, Australia (don’t forget to register before 31 July to get your ‘early bird’ discount!) plus news from the UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Spain. HI News June 15 final
HANZA has just issued its latest newsletter – HANZA News March 2015. There’s a full update on the Melbourne Congress (which is already taking registrations) and on programmes in Australia.
If you or your programme are already members of the HI Network, you should have received an email from HQs inviting you to renew your subscription for 2015, and attaching an invoice. However, if you have not yet joined the Network, you can do so now by completing the online application form you will find here
Subscription rates are £20 for individuals or £50 for organisations. Members receive a number of benefits, including discounted rates at the biennial World Homeshare Congress. We are also working towards developing a “members only” area of the website later this year so 2015 is definitely the year to join the Homeshare International Network!
The new homeshare programme being set up by Ategi is going live this month. Ategi was awarded the contract by Windsor and Maidenhead Council to set up a programme in the area.
Contact information for the new programme:
|ategi Home Share|
|Contact name:||Michelle La Garde or Joy Cooper|
|Address:||Clare Charity Centre
Saunderton, Buckinghamshire HP14 4BF
|Geographical area covered by programme, e.g. country, city, state, county etc*:||Maidenhead and Windsor, Berkshire|
|Other useful information, e.g. short history of programme, links with other programmes, office opening hours, etc.:||New scheme launching March 2014. Also offering Shared Lives in Maidenhead & Windsor and in Buckinghamshire.
Office open 8.30am – 4.30pm Mon – Thur and 8.30am – 3.30pm Fri. Answerphone also available so please leave messages.
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.
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
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
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.