HomeShare International

Who we are

Homeshare International supports a network of professionals worldwide who run homeshare programmes. Our aims are to encourage learning and good practice, foster new programmes and understand the impact of homesharing. We also raise awareness of what homeshare can offer as a solution to many of society’s needs. 

What is homeshare?

Homesharing 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 can benefit many people with support or housing needs.

Homeshare programmes

There are now programmes in 16 countries from Canada to Korea, Austria to Australia. These programmes typically match older householders with young homesharers. Homesharing builds relationships, often between two generations, recognising that people who take part have needs and something to give.

Our work

Learning from each other in Madrid

Over 140 homeshare practitioners from 11 countries attended the Fifth World Homeshare Congress in Madrid, Spain in May 2017. Alfonso Fajardo (shown here leading a workshop) and colleagues from Solidarios ran this highly successful two-day event. Read more about the Congress, including the presentations.

French programme supports Martinique

Our French members ensemble2générations recently visited Martinique to help them to set up the first homeshare programme in the Caribbean. e2g is very successful in France, running programmes in several cities, and it has now shared its methodology with many other countries.

Homesharing goes east

Groups in Japan and Korea are now setting up pilot homeshare programmes in their countries and sent delegates to our recent congress in Madrid to network with other practitioners. Both groups are also getting support from Australia where the national umbrella body, HANZA (Homeshare Australia and New Zealand Alliance) supports not only local start-ups but also groups in the Asia-Pacific region.

News from “down under”

The Homeshare Australia and New Zealand Alliance (HANZA) has published their latest newsletter.  See HANZA newsletter August 2018 to download and read.

We are always delighted to discover new homeshare programmes are starting, or thriving.  But to learn about a new programme in Prague from our colleagues in Australia is an unexpected pleasure.

Countdown to the Brussels congress!

Our wonderful Belgian colleagues, UnToit2Ages, are well ahead with plans for the next World Homeshare Congress and are already taking registrations! The congress will be held in Brussels from 21 – 22 March 2019.

The Congress theme will be Celebrating homeshare and it will bring together delegates from around the world: Australia, Japan, South Korea, Austria, Belgium, France, UK, USA, Spain, Germany … to share their experiences of running a homeshare programme.

Read more and register on the congress website

You can also read more here.

New Chair and Trustees for HI

The Trustees of Homeshare International have announced major changes to the Board. Rhian Bradley has stepped down as Chair having served in the role for more than four years. Rhian was uniquely qualified in the role, having been both a management consultant and homesharer/adviser to our founder, Nan Maitland. An outstanding Chair, Rhian steered us successfully through two World Homeshare Congresses (in Australia and Spain), supported us through a major status change and provided hands-on support to the Board.

“It has been a great privilege to chair Homeshare International,” says Rhian. “I have worked with some truly committed, inspirational people who are not only driving homeshare in their own countries but who are also generous in sharing their expertise with the wider homeshare community.”

Having lived in the UK and France for many years, Rhian has returned to Australia where most of her family live. She will be sorely missed but we wish her well in her ‘retirement’.

We warmly welcome Cheryl Snider as our new Chair. Cheryl is a leading light in homeshare in Canada. She too has been a homesharer, ran a homeshare programme for many years and now supports the homeshare community in Canada. Cheryl says: “I am looking forward to taking Homeshare International to its next stage of development. We face many challenges as a charity but there is much to celebrate. I am particularly looking forward to meeting many of you at the Congress next March (2019, in Brussels)”.

Hilary Todd has stepped down as a Trustee having been one of the charity’s founding members. A friend of Nan Maitland, Hilary joined the Board to manage our communications and she still runs our website in a voluntary capacity.

We are pleased to welcome three new members to the Board. Deborah Fox has played a big role in developing and supporting homeshare in the UK as she leads the Shared Lives Plus UK Homeshare Association. Régis de Kerautem is the President and co-founder, with his wife Claire, of homeshare in Belgium. Their programme 1Toit2Ages has spread from modest origins in Brussels to cover most of the country’s larger towns and cities. Marlene Welzl joined the Board in September 2017. She is the founder of a homeshare programme, WGE!-Gemeinsam Wohnen in her native Vienna.

Read more about our Board members.

New HI website launched!

Welcome to our new website – it’s not only a new design but has our gorgeous new logo and colours too! The content has been thoroughly updated so do explore:

  • new pages for each country where homeshare programmes operate, some of them in two languages (Germany, Austria, France)
  • an expanded FAQ section
  • more information for practitioners in the Network section
  • an expanded Resources section
  • the ability to translate any page into any language, with Google Translate embedded in the footer
  • a Facebook link on every page.

Warmest thanks go to our web designers Michael and Jack from Archetype Design who have been simply brilliant partners to work with.

Please send us your updates, news, photos, case studies, documents and insights for other members of the Network. Together we can make the website a really great resource for everyone.



Shaping national policy in Australia

Our friends at HANZA recently met Ken Wyatt, the Minister for Aged Care in Australia, to make the case for homesharing to be recognised as a ‘proper’ service for older people and people living with disabilities. Currently homesharing is not listed as a service in personal care plans and because it’s not listed, it isn’t available for people to purchase. The challenge was not only to get homesharing listed but also how to put a price on a service that isn’t being delivered by the hour. The meeting in Canberra covered the barriers to getting homesharing included on that list.

Ken Wyatt is very keen on services where “people look out for one another” and so was delighted to receive the delegation which included representatives from Victoria and New South Wales. The Minister’s closing remarks highlighted the importance of keeping the discussion going and  the group will re-convene in the New Year 2018 to review progress.

We have invited Beris Campbell to prepare a report on influencing policy that could be shared with other members of the HI Network.

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