Contact Sam at Homeshare
Please do not hesitate to contact Sam to have an informal chat about Homesharing and whether it is for you. Phone her on 020 3957 8671
Is there a typical Sharer?
As a Sharer you need to be kind, responsible and be willing to spend at least 10 hours per week helping the Householder with support and companionship.
What's the difference between being a Sharer and a Carer?
They are completely different. Professional carers help with dressing, bathing and medication. Sharers are not able to provide this form of support as they are not insured under the Homeshare scheme. A Sharer’s contribution is about companionship, support and a few household chores.
What information do I need to provide?
We need 3 references, including professional/employment, university or college and a current Enhanced DBS certificate. We can help you to arrange a DBS check if you don’t already have one
How much does it cost?
There is no exchange of money between you and the Householder for the accommodation. For facilitating the Homeshare, we charge you a monthly fee of £200 starting from the date you move in (Payable by Direct Debit). We also ask for a refundable deposit of £200 at the start of the agreement.
Do I have to pay for bills?
The Householder continues to pay the bills but can request an agreed contribution from you. The payment will be set up as a monthly standing order from your bank account.
If you are a student you will be exempt from Council Tax but if you are working and the Householder is claiming the single person’s 25% discount, this may be withdrawn from them by the local council. In this instance we may ask you to make a contribution.
Who pays for the food?
The Householder and Sharer will pay for their own food, or a fair share of the food if eating together.
How long does a Homeshare arrangement last?
We look for Sharers who can commit to at least 6 months.
A Homeshare can last several years or it could come to a natural end as you finish your studies or personal circumstances change.
If an arrangement did end we would do our best to re-match you as soon as we can.
Do I have to stay in the property 7 days a week?
It is expected that you sleep in the property for a minimum of 6 nights a week, this will be discussed with the Householder.
Will there be Wi-Fi?
If the Householder does not have Wi-Fi you will be responsible for the installation fee and monthly charges.
What if I feel it's not working out?
For each new Homeshare there is a trial period of one month.
We ask that you contact us at the earliest opportunity if you have any concerns so that we can try to resolve them.
If the situation cannot be resolved, we would issue the Householder with one month’s notice and would help to rematch you with a new Householder.
Can I bring my own bed or other furniture?
Most accommodation is furnished, however if you have certain equipment, such as a desk, this can be discussed.
How long does it take to make a match?
Matching the right people together is our priority rather than just rushing into a match that might not work.
As soon as you get in touch we can start the process of finding out more about you and who would make a good match for you
Do I need to take our additional insurance?
You will be responsible for arranging the insurance of your own possessions.
Why should I use Age UK Hillingdon, Harrow and Brent to facilitate my Homeshare?
We are members of Homeshare UK and follow their Code of Conduct and guidelines set out in their Quality Assurance Framework.
Age UK is the UK’s leading charity working with older people. We undertake a strict vetting process and remain in contact with both parties to give advice and to ensure you are fully supported for the duration of your Homeshare.