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 http://youtu.be/AfJZGJ7z0SQ

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:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/homeshareoxford

Find out more   If you would like any more information about Homeshare Oxford or this survey email enactusobu@gmail.com  Enactus:  http://enactus.org/  Age UK Oxfordshire:  http://www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire/  Homeshare:  http://homeshare.org/



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

Le PariSolidaire update

It is great to hear from old friends at Le PariSolidaire, and also to read about them in the media.  They have a Facebook page from their website htttp://www.leparisolidaire.fr and we are glad to be able to acknowledge the excellent photographs which we are able to use, many of those on this website have been given to us by Le PariSolidaire.