The 6th World Homeshare Congress took place on 21-22 March 2019 in Brussels where our hosts, 1toit2ages (some of them shown left), had the honour of welcoming Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of the Belgians to the opening session.
With a theme of ‘Celebrating Homeshare’, 200 speakers and delegates came from 17 countries in all parts of the world (a record!) to share their success stories: Australia, Japan, South Korea, Austria, Belgium, France, UK, USA, Spain, Germany, Canada …
The congress was held in the heart of the city with an evening drinks reception in the Salle Gothique of the City Hall in the famous Grand Place.
The totally unexpected attendance of Her Majesty Queen Mathilde was a great feather in the cap of 1toit2ages who celebrated their tenth anniversary at the congress – and their 2000th match! Queen Mathilde has a real interest in social programmes such as homesharing and stayed long enough to chat with speakers and our hosts.
There were many things to celebrate at the congress, not least a new programme in the Czech Republic. New programmes are also being seriously considered in the Netherlands and Denmark whose delegates were full of praise for the learning experience, inspiration and contacts the congress had provided.
Some of the papers from the congress are given below – scroll past the photo album.
Congratulations to Claire de Kerautem, Regis and the 1toit2ages team for their wonderful welcome and superb organisation.
The photo album
We’ve selected a few photos from the hundreds taken at the congress to give you a flavour of the event. It shows some of the delegates, speakers, homesharers and pioneers, the ‘speed dating’ approach to networking and the gala dinner. It also captures some special moments – Homeshare International’s 20th birthday cake, a presentation to Elizabeth Mills who is stepping down as Honorary Director (a role she took on in 2007), and handing over the giant globe to Shared Lives Plus who will host the next congress in 2021 in Liverpool, UK! See you there!
Some of the presentations are now available.
Malcolm Johnson, President of Homeshare International, gave the Nan Maitland Memorial Lecture. He spoke about the TV programme in which 4-year-olds were introduced into a retirement community.
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