The next World Homeshare Congress, to be held in Madrid, Spain on 25 and 26 May 2017, will be run jointly by Homeshare International and Solidarios. We welcome applications from people willing to be a keynote speaker, a round table leader, to present a paper, or even to enter our photographic competition.
The theme of the Congress is Expanding homeshare: building bridges.
Please complete the online form, which you will find here in English:
The closing date to send expressions of interest is 30 November 2016. Those selected will benefit from a free place at the Congress.
The Congress will be using both English and Spanish so your participation can be in either language.
Our next world congress will be held from Thursday 25 May to Friday 26 May 2017 in the vibrant Spanish capital, Madrid. Book the dates in your diaries now!
Our hosts in Spain will be Solidarios, a voluntary organisation that runs homeshare as part of its work on intergenerational issues.
Our venue will be Madrid’s flamboyant City Hall, the Palacio Cibeles.
Watch this space for details of the programme and how to book your place.
Our warm congratulations go to ensemble2generations which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Typhaine and Alain de Penfentenyo, who founded e2g, held a church service and reception in Paris to mark the event. Homeshare International was represented by the Chair, Rhian Bradley, and the Hon Director, Elizabeth Mills.
ensemble2generations has gone from strength to strength in its 10 years. From its base in Paris it now has programmes in 15 French cities and has enabled over 6,000 students and older people to benefit from shared living.
To mark the occasion e2g has published a wonderful book called ensemble deux generations (available in English and French). It allows us a real insight into what homeshare is all about, with 20 case studies and stunning photographs. It’s an inspiration to read. This quote from 83 year-old Paule sums it up: “I didn’t expect to find Alicia’s arrival so stimulating. She has made me aware that I had lost the habit of talking just for the pleasure of it. Sharing your home with a young person brings you back to the world, into the flow of things. It makes me feel younger!”. Download the English edition of the e2g book here
Read more about e2g at www.ensemble2generations.fr/
Homeshare International has welcomed the six new pilot programmes in the UK by formalising its offer to support agencies wanting to start a new programme. A press release has gone out to the UK media supported by an infographic which explains in simple terms what homeshare can offer.
The six new pilot programmes in the UK are funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the Lloyds Bank Foundation who are jointly putting £2 million into the project. This is the biggest boost to homeshare seen anywhere in the world as far as we are aware. Read more here.
Read HI – Press release June 2016 FINAL
Download the homeshare infographic_V4 FINAL
Congratulations to our friends in Belgium, 1Toit2Âges, who have recently won a prestigious prize from the Minister for Housing, Madame Céline Frémault, “in order to develop homesharing in Brussels”. Claire de Kerautem, the Director, says that the prize money will enable them to start a big advertising campaign in Brussels: “We want more people to know about the programme and to contact us”.