Homeshare International and Shared Lives Plus have formed a partnership (in April 2019) to continue and develop the work that Homeshare International has been undertaking so effectively since 1999. The growth of homesharing across the world is thanks to the joint efforts of Homeshare International and its worldwide network, and Homeshare UK with the support of Shared Lives Plus, the UK network for shared living.
Homeshare International has supported the development of homesharing programmes in 17 different countries around the world; the charity has stimulated and undertaken research into the need for and impact of homesharing both for older householders and younger homesharers. The biennial World Homeshare Congress – now in its 10th year – was developed by Homeshare International.
Shared Lives Plus is committed to Homeshare UK – and now also to Homeshare International. Over the last three years, the Lloyds Bank Foundation and the Big Lottery Fund have each invested £1 million to expand homesharing in the UK by funding and evaluating several local pilots. This programme brought the funders together with Age UK, Shared Lives Plus, Foyer Federation and the Social Care Institute for Excellence to create a sustainable operating model for homesharing in the UK. Homeshare International was a consultant in the establishment of these pilots.
Alex Fox OBE, Chief Executive of Shared Lives Plus, said, “A working partnership with Homeshare International is a natural development for us. We are honoured to form this partnership with Homeshare International, building on years of its ground-breaking work. We will be consulting with all Homeshare International’s stakeholders and actively seeking funding to expand and develop Homeshare International’s support for homesharing around the globe.”
Elizabeth Mills OBE, Honorary Director of Homeshare International, said, “I am delighted and proud to welcome this development; after 12 years at the helm of Homeshare International, it is time to step down. I know that the injection of ideas, enthusiasm and professionalism that will come from the team at Shared Lives Plus will transform homesharing across the world, and make a real difference to thousands of older people who are at risk of loneliness, at the same time helping to tackle the spiralling costs of rental property for the young.”
Shared Lives Plus is the UK’s leading network for Shared Lives carers, Shared Lives and Homeshare delivery organisations. Through them we promote shared living across the UK, tackle loneliness and offer independence, a sense of belonging and personal choice – things we take for granted until we need that bit of extra support. Shared Lives Plus offers a unique overview and voice for Homeshare and Shared Lives through policy, guidance, advice and legal support. Shared Lives Plus is a registered charity number 1095562.
Homeshare International was established in 1999 to support the growing network of professionals worldwide who run homeshare programmes. Its aims are to encourage learning and good practice, foster new programmes and understand the impact of homesharing. Homeshare International is committed to raise awareness of what homeshare can offer as a solution to many of society’s needs.
Alex Fox and Elizabeth Mills are pictured at the highly successful World Homeshare Congress in Brussels, March 2019.
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