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.

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

Homeshare Oxford – Oxford Brookes University Feasibility study underway!

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:

Find out more   If you would like any more information about Homeshare Oxford or this survey email  Enactus:  Age UK Oxfordshire:  Homeshare:



Many congratulations to our French friends

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