Are you aged 50+ and living in a home that's starting to feel on the big side, perhaps finding tasks too demanding and free time or “me” time in short supply or non-existent.
If so, HomeShare could work for you by bringing you together with a younger person who has the energy and willingness to pledge help with your household and other tasks in exchange for you providing an affordable place to live.
Or are you, or someone you know, (aged 18+) looking for an affordable place to live and willing to provide help with household tasks (not personal care) in exchange for this.
- HomeShare helps people to help one another and aims to improve the quality of life for all those involved.
- Each HomeShare is unique and arrived at after comprehensive screening and careful compatibility matching.
- HomeShare helps householders to retain their independence and remain living in loved homes and familiar communities.
- It can be a rewarding and satisfying way to find suitable and affordable accommodation.
- Both householder and home sharer equally contribute to, and benefit from HomeShare. (NB: The sharer is not a live-in carer, housekeeper or lodger).
How does HomeShare work?
- HomeShare Co-ordinators work with you every step of the way. A thorough interview is carried out which explores what specific help and support you might be seeking as a householder (or are willing to provide as a home sharer). We’ll also ask about your interests, lifestyle and outlook on life, and the type of person you would be willing to share your home with (or the type of home you are looking for as a home sharer). Importantly, this face-to face interview provides a further chance for you to ask questions.
- Once the Co-ordinators have identified a potential match, an introduction on neutral ground is arranged to give both householder and home sharer the chance to meet, chat and see how they might get along if sharing.
- Applicants must agree to criminal background and reference checks.
- If the introduction goes well, and checks prove acceptable, a trial follows to enable householder and sharer to assess whether theirs is a good match and to work on the detail of their unique HomeShare Agreement. This agreement sets out the fine detail of the home share, including the mutual needs and expectations of householder and sharer and how long their HomeShare will last (generally from six months to a year or more, unless circumstances change).
Find out more by contacting HomeShare Co-ordinators Lorraine Lord or Diane Coppell at Age UK Isle of Wight on 525282, or email HomeShare@ageukiw.org.uk.
You can also download our information leaflet here: HomeShare Information Leaflet
HomeShare is new to the Isle of Wight but is tried and tested elsewhere in the UK and overseas. If you would like to see how sharing is working elsewhere, take a look at these schemes from home and abroad:
Bristol-based Homeshare West - http://www.homesharewest.org
One of the longest-established home share projects is in Vermont:
Youtube links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xO9rkFEsis and
Vermont’s Homeshare team and participants talking about how it works for them.
Please note, HomeShare Isle of Wight is broadly similar to these, but not identical in detail (including charging systems).