Attached is the latest newsletter from HANZA – Homeshare Australia and New Zealand Association
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
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/
Brussels 13 11 2012 – ensemble2générations have won first prize in the European Year of Solidarity between Generations, Social Entrepreneurs category.
Association founder, Typhaine de Penfentenyo, received this prestigious award on behalf of ensemble2générations from Làszlo Andor, the EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.
Founded in 2006, ensemble2générations has helped more than 900 students in finding accommodation in exchange for offering support to an elderly person.
An extension of this program is being considered in Luxembourg, Switzerland and Japan
Further information on the award is on the EU Website
BBC Inside Out Elderly Care programme on BBC One England on 15th October 2012 at 19:30. Homeshare International gets a mention on the Inside Out website! The producer has asked us to share the Inside Out Elderly Care links with those in our wider community via our website, Facebook and Twitter. Main website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/
insideout/ Main news story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/ uk-england-19930350 Main video feature – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/ uk-england-19904303 Mark Easton blog post: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/ uk-19949171 Regional coverage: Typical regional page (there are 11 of these with slightly different stories/this is London) – http://www.bbc.co.uk/ programmes/b01ndhk4 which also hosts the iPlayer for a short time.