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Supporting Independence, Affordability and Friendship

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Homeshare Oxfordshire carefully matches older people who may need a little 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 accommodation the Sharer gives the Householder up to 10 hours of help each week. The help will vary in each Homeshare and be carefully agreed. It may include a combination of cooking and companionship and jobs around the house and garden. (Homesharing does not include any personal care.)

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.  

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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?

Yes - we always ask both Householders and Sharers if they have pets and if they would be willing to consider sharing if a pet were part of the household. It may take a little longer than usual to find a Householder who is willing to take in a pet (but not necessarily.)

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.

I want to be a Sharer, when should I give notice on my current accommodation?

It is not advisable to give notice on your current accommodation until we have found you a potential match, you have met them, and a move-in date has been agreed. Our Householders understand that Homeshares often have to give 1 month’s notice before they can move in, after they have met and agreed a match. Please talk to us before giving notice on your current accommodation!

Contact Homeshare Oxford

For further information email homeshare@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk or telephone 01865 410 670

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