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.

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.

Madrid presentations now available

Solidarios, our hosts in Madrid, have now posted up the presentations given at the congress in May 2017. Follow this link to find them:

www.hiworldcongressmadrid2017.org/en/materials/download-congress-materials/

The website also includes the photo gallery – a wonderful album that really captures the flavour of the event.

Solidarios has now also analysed the delegates’ feedback forms. We’re delighted to see that participants enjoyed the congress so much that most are now planning to attend the Brussels congress in 2019!

Madrid Congress a huge success!

Photo courtesy of Adriana Juan/Solidarios

Over 140 people from 11 countries – from Austria to Australia – enjoyed a fantastic two-day congress in Madrid on 25 and 26 May, courtesy of Solidarios. This was our biggest congress to date. Delegates enjoyed a rich programme of presentations, workshops and time for all-important networking at the flamboyant Palacio Cibeles, Madrid’s impressive city hall.

We will post up  more information about the congress shortly, together with the presentations as we get them, meanwhile you might enjoy a flavour of this vibrant event from the album at https://flic.kr/s/aHskWbbtuK

And in 2019 …

At the congress our Spanish hosts passed the giant globe to our colleagues in Belgium, 1 Toit 2 Ages, who will host the Sixth World Congress in Brussels on 21 and 22 March 2019! Save the date!

 

Homesharing on the BBC

Homesharing has recently had some brilliant coverage on the BBC. A 20-minute radio programme on the BBC’s World Service did a very informative piece on the homeshare concept. It featured Typhaine de Penfentenyo of ensemble2générations and some of her successful matches as well as our Director, Elizabeth Mills. You can listen here: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04nmxv8#play

The story was then picked up in the BBC online magazine: One solution to two big social problems. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-38399246

The BBC’s World Service reached a global audience of 348 million people in 2016 – let’s hope many of them were tuned in!

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