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.

Melbourne Congress – still time to book!

Excitement is mounting ‘down under’ as we near the international congress with over 80 delegates registered so far (and room for a few more!). The Fourth World Congress will be held in Melbourne, Australia on 5 and 6 November. It promises to be a stimulating two days of workshops and presentations, giving delegates a ‘study tour’ of active homeshare programmes in at least eight countries.

See the programme and speakers on the congress website, where you will also find all the details about how to register and how to make the most of your stay in this great city.

Our hosts are HANZA and they look forward to welcoming you. Read their latest newsletter (September) here – HANZANews Sept2015

Homeshare International Network – subscription renewal

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!

Windsor and Maidenhead Homeshare Programme goes live

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
Web Site:
Contact name: Michelle La Garde or Joy Cooper
Email address*:
Telephone*: 01494568888
Address: Clare Charity Centre
Wycombe Road
Saunderton, Buckinghamshire HP14 4BF
United Kingdom
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.

Homeshare in Oxford – market research underway

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.

Honorary Doctorate for Honorary Director

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

World Homeshare Congress 2013

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.