Supporting Independence, Affordability and Friendship
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Homeshare Oxford carefully matches up older people who live in Oxfordshire and who may need a bit of help to continue to live independently at home, with another person who needs affordable accommodation, wants to be part of a home and can lend a hand.
In return for the accommodation the Sharer gives the Householder up to 10 hours of their time each week as a combination of companionship and practical help.
Each Homeshare match is individual and carefully agreed. It may include some cooking and light housework, help with computers and technology, maybe some shopping or gardening, spending time together over a meal or cup of tea as well as occasional trips out.
A Homeshare match does not involve any personal care.
What are the costs?
Monthly fees are payable to Homeshare Oxford by Householders and Sharers. The Sharer pays a monthly fee of £200 and the Householder pays £100 per month. These fees pay for the regular support provided by the Homeshare team to the Homeshare arrangement and enable Homeshare Oxford to be run as a sustainable scheme.
The Sharer makes a contribution to the Householder of an agreed amount towards household costs.
Please find further information in the ‘Information for Householders’ and ‘Information for Sharers’ documents by scrolling down to the box at the bottom of this page.
Homeshare Oxford had been supported by Lloyds Bank Foundation as part of a pilot programme in partnership with Big Lottery Fund to develop the Homeshare model as a sustainable scheme.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can couples be Householders and Sharers?
Yes – it might take longer to place Sharer couples, but by all means please get in touch with us.
Can Householders and Sharers have pets?
I don’t own my home, can I still be a Householder?
We ask anyone who doesn’t own their home outright to seek permission from their mortgage provider or Landlord before applying to be a Householder for Homeshare Oxford.
Local Authority Housing – You will need to ask permission to have a Sharer join you in your home and how contribution to bills may affect your Benefits. If you would like to be a Householder, we recommend you speak to us before applying and we can support you to have a conversation with the council about how this may change your benefits, so that you can take this into consideration before you decide to apply.
What are the minimum and maximum lengths of a Homeshare?
We say that a Homeshare should be a minimum of 6 months.
If an end date is already known at the beginning of a Homeshare (eg. a student who know when they will be moving on) we will include these details in the agreements. If an end date is not known, the match can roll on month by month.
If either the Householder or Sharer wants to move on from a match, they need to give one month’s notice. This can be given at any stage in the match, and we will support both the Householder and Sharer if and when a match comes to an end.
When will a Sharer provide the 10 hours Help around the Home?
The 10 hours Help around the Home needs to be agreed and to fit around a Sharer’s work or studies and a Householder’s preferences. It is quite likely that it will fall into evening and weekends if the Sharer is working or studying full time. The preferences of the Householder and availability of the Sharer are taken into account by the Homeshare team when looking at suitability of two people for a Homeshare.
How will it work when Householder or Sharer is away on holiday or for weekends?
We recommend that you let each other know well in advance of going away so that plans can be made to cover any additional support needed for Householders. Similarly, if a Householder is going to be away they may be reassured to know that the Sharer will be around in their absence. A Homeshare arrangement may not work for Sharers who are likely to be away a lot or for extended periods of time. Please get in touch if this is the case so that we can discuss this.
I am a student and I go home/away from Oxford during term breaks, can I be a Sharer?
In general, Homeshare is not suitable for students who will only be around during term-time. But there may be occasions when this might work, so please do get in touch with us.
Contact Homeshare Oxford
If you would like an application form, or any other information, please complete and submit the form below. You can also email us at email@example.com or call us on 01865 410 670.