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.
Over 140 people from 11 countries – from Austria to Australia – enjoyed a fantastic two-day congress in Madrid on 25 and 26 May, courtesy of Solidarios. This was our biggest congress to date. Delegates enjoyed a rich programme of presentations, workshops and time for all-important networking at the flamboyant Palacio Cibeles, Madrid’s impressive city hall.
A workshop at the congress
We will post up more information about the congress shortly, together with the presentations as we get them, meanwhile you might enjoy a flavour of this vibrant event from the album at https://flic.kr/s/aHskWbbtuK
Homesharers stole the show at the congress
And in 2019 …
At the congress our Spanish hosts passed the giant globe to our colleagues in Belgium, 1 Toit 2 Ages, who will host the Sixth World Congress in Brussels on 22 and 23 March 2019!
The globe is passed to Belgium who will host the Homeshare International Congress in 2019
Inter Generations Worcester was launched recently bringing the UK total to 23 programmes. The new programme is being run by the University of Worcester in association with Vestia Community Trust and Worcestershire County Council and is based on the model of Esdes InterGénérations, Lyon (www.esdes-intergenerations.net). To date, they have facilitated three matches and produced three short videos outlining the benefits of homesharing (www.vestia.org.uk/intergen/video.php).
Our Director, Elizabeth Mills spoke at the launch about homesharing around the world.
Louise Jones, University of Worcester, Claire Edwards, programme manager, Elizabeth Mills, Jane Clark, Vestia and Sophie Price, Age UK Hereford and Worcester
Homeshare has recently had some brilliant coverage on the BBC. A 20-minute radio programme on the BBC’s World Service did a very informative piece on the homeshare concept. It featured Typhaine de Penfentenyo of ensemble2générations and some of her successful matches as well as our Director, Elizabeth Mills. You can listen here: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04nmxv8#play
The story was then picked up in the BBC online magazine: One solution to two big social problems. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-38399246
The BBC’s World Service reached a global audience of 348 million people in 2016 – let’s hope many of them were tuned in!
Postscript – just as we posted this we heard that BBC Radio Manchester interviewed homesharers matched by PossAbilities – see them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bbcradiomanchester/videos/10154483827909965/
They will be coming to the Madrid congress in May!
Homeshare International has launched the results of the survey it conducted last year into how homeshare programmes operate round the world. Business models for homeshare programmes summarises data from 48 programmes in 11 countries. The survey covers business models (for profit/ not for profit), geographic spread, use of paid staff and volunteers, fees payable and age restrictions on home providers. Read the results here hirag-fact-sheet-1-business-models-2016
Translations of the survey into several languages are in preparation – watch this space!
The survey was the first to be undertaken by the Homeshare International Research Advisory Group (HIRAG). We hope to replicate the study from time to time as homeshare spreads and evolves. Other surveys are planned – and we welcome your ideas about helpful subjects to cover. Our grateful thanks go to Mariano Sanchez who led the project.
Our friends from down under have some great news to report in their latest newsletter. They are supporting a Singaporean organisation called Ageing Asia which hopes to bring homeshare to the country for the first time. On home territory, HANZA has received a grant to develop a course in homeshare practice. Read all their news in hanza-news-september-2016