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”.
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.
The HANZA team, our hosts in Melbourne, have now issued a report on the event and you can read it here – Melbourne Congress Review Jan 2016.
The Melbourne Congress, held last November, was our most successful to date with over 100 delegates from eight countries sharing their news, views and experiences. The presentations are all on the Congress website which will still be available for a little longer.
Our photo shows the HANZA team (on the right) and the HI trustees at the reception held at the Victorian Parliament building.
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|
|Contact name:||Michelle La Garde or Joy Cooper|
|Address:||Clare Charity Centre
Saunderton, Buckinghamshire HP14 4BF
|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.
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
A fascinating new publication reviewing the role of various co-housing models to support older people in their own homes, including Homeshare, has been produced by Hanover in collaboration with Demos. Download here Sociable Housing in Later Life May13