Madrid Congress a huge success!

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

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

Homesharers stole the show at the congress

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

The globe is passed to Belgium who will host the Homeshare International Congress in 2019

New UK programme launched

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 ( To date, they have facilitated three matches and produced three short videos outlining the benefits of homesharing (

Our Director, Elizabeth Mills spoke at the launch about homesharing around the world.

Photo of launch speakers

Louise Jones, University of Worcester, Claire Edwards, programme manager, Elizabeth Mills, Jane Clark, Vestia and Sophie Price, Age UK Hereford and Worcester

Homeshare on the BBC!

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:

The story was then picked up in the BBC online magazine: One solution to two big social problems. See

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 

They will be coming to the Madrid congress in May!

New film from Homeshare Vermont

As Homeshare Vermont started to think about outreach and marketing for different programs, they want to share an animation that they did recently and have used on Facebook and some openings for powerpoint presentations.  It was originally a radio advertisement with two homesharers and they liked it so much they decided to try and add animation so it had more uses than just audio.

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.