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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

1. Can couples and families be Homesharers?

Couples – Yes, we can accept applications from couples to be Homesharers in the same home. We ask all of our Householders if they might consider couples as well as individuals.
Families – No, unfortunately at the moment we are unable to accept applications from families to be Homesharers.

2. I have pets, can I be a Homesharer?

Yes, we ask all of our Householders if they would be willing to consider a Homesharer who would bring their pet/s with them. Some of our Householders are willing to consider this. It may take a little longer than usual to find you a match, so if you do have pets please let us know before applying so we can find out a bit more about you and your pets first.

3. I have pets, can I be a Householder?

Yes, we ask all of our Homesharers if they would be willing to live in a home with pets. Many of our Homesharers are willing to consider this. If you want to discuss this in more details before applying, please just let us know.

4. 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 Homesharer join you in your home and the Contribution to Living Costs they will pay to you may affect your Benefits. If you would like to be a Householder, we would 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.

5. What are the minimum and maximum lengths of a Homeshare?

At the moment we suggest that a Homeshare should be a minimum of 6 months.
If an end date is already known at the beginning of a match (e.g. a masters student who is only here for a year) we will include these details in the match agreements. If an end date is not know, the match will roll on month by month.
If either the Householder or Homesharer wants to move on from a match, the agreements mean that they will need to give one months notice. This can be given at any stage in the match, and we will support both the Householder and Homesharer if and when a match comes to an end.

6. When will a Homesharer be able to provide Help around the Home?

Our Homesharers are likely to be post-graduate students or key workers; this mean that they will probably be working or studying full-time.
The 10 hours Help around the Home they will provide each week will need to fit around their work/studies, which means they will be mostly able to provide it in the evenings and weekends.
Their 10 hours help may be spent doing a variety of things. For example, if they cook a meal to share with the Householder, sit down to eat together and then wash up, this could well take up several hours.
Some Homesharers may be able to provide some help during weekdays, but this is likely to change week to week, and will differ depending on what the Homesharer does e.g. a nurse doing shift-work.

7. I want to be a Homesharer, but sometimes go away on holiday or to visit friends/family.

We understand that all Homesharers will want to go away from time to time, and this is absolutely fine. We ask that you let your Householder know in advance, so that they know when to expect you to be around. If you tend to go away a lot, or for extended periods, please get in touch so that we can discuss whether Homeshare Oxford could work for you.

8. I am a student and I go home/away from Oxford during term breaks, can I be a Homesharer?

We are trying to achieve stable Homeshares, where both the Householder and Homesharer feel comfortable in each others company and secure in the support that is being given and received. In general, this means that a Homeshare is not suitable for a student that will only be in Oxford during term-time. However we are willing to consider all circumstances and scenarios, so if you are keen to take part in Homeshare please get in touch and we can talk through the possibilities with you.

9. I want to be a Homesharer, when should I give notice on my current accommodation?

During the application process we request a DBS check for you, write to your referees and ask you to come in for a Homesharer Interview. We then look for the right match for you and this can take several weeks in all. It can be different for each Homesharer, therefore we strongly suggest that you do not 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 months 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!

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For further information email or telephone 01865 410 670

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