Age UK Oxfordshire uses cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our policy. Read our privacy policy
Skip to content

Homeshare Oxfordshire carefully matches older people who are looking for help or companionship at home, with another person who can lend a hand, and needs affordable accommodation. 

Please note use of this video is not authorised except in its current and unedited form.

What We Do?

Homeshare Oxfordshire carefully matches older people who are looking for help or companionship at home, with another person who can lend a hand, and needs affordable accommodation. 

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. The reassuring presence of another person in the house overnight is often an additional benefit for the Householder.

A Homeshare match does not involve any personal care.

What are the costs? 

Monthly fees are payable to Homeshare Oxfordshire by Householders and Sharers. These fees cover the costs of the checks, the facilitation of the match, and the provision of regular ongoing support for the duration of the Homeshare. The Householder pays from £100 per month, the equivalent of £3 day. The Sharer pays £200 per month. The fees help Homeshare Oxfordshire to operate as a sustainable scheme with more people able to benefit.

The Sharer makes a contribution to the Householder of an agreed amount towards household bills.   

*COVID-19 – CORONAVIRUS: We are taking all necessary precautions to operate as safely as possible following guidelines, protocols and taking into account the circumstances and needs of each individual. Please contact us to talk this through if you wish. *

Contact Homeshare Oxfordshire

To register your interest in any of the current opportunities please using the online form further down the page and we will contact you shortly. For any queries email homeshare@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk or call 01865 410 670.

Current opportunities with Homeshare Oxfordshire

  • Coming soon

    We are currently speaking with new Householders and will soon be offering Homeshare opportunities in:

    • North Oxford
    • Cumnor
    • Steventon

    Click for current opportunities listing (PDF, 240 KB)

  • NO LONGER AVAILABLE Chipping Norton, OX7 (Ref 076)

    We are no longer advertising this opportunity as a new Homeshare arrangement with us is currently being confirmed.

    Please take a look at the other Homesharing opportunities across Oxfordshire.

    Click for details (PDF, 229 KB)

  • Abingdon, OX14 (Ref 074)

    We're looking for a warm, friendly and caring person to join an elderly gentlemen, who since having a stroke in March 2021 is looking for someone to provide a reassuring presence in his home. Overall, things have improved significantly and it is important to the Householder that he remains as independent as possible.

    A good cook and someone who likes spending time at home and who would be around evenings and overnight would be very welcome. If they had an interest in Sport that would be a bonus! 

    Click for details (PDF, 159 KB)

  • Church Hanborough, OX29 (Ref 070)

    We're looking for someone easy going, independent, and sensitive to join an active retired architect in his late sixties (with his dog!), offering ensuite accommodation in the annex of a lovely Cotswolds cottage.

    This opportunity would suit someone who enjoys their own space as well as good-natured company, likes sharing meals (and also cooking them!) and is a dog-lover. They would be happy to dog-sit, be handy with computer help and preferably work at least part of the time from home.

    Click for details (PDF, 207 KB)

  • West End, Witney, OX28 (Ref 035)

    We're looking for a responsible, considerate, friendly and tidy person who would enjoy company and conversation, and who shares some of the Householder's interests.

    Someone of a similar socialist political stance, open about their views and who enjoys debate and discussion could be very welcome.

    Click for details (PDF, 250 KB)

  • Checkendon, RG8 (Ref 067)

    We're looking for a considerate, caring, understanding person whose routine would easily allow for time together most evenings and often at the weekends to join an enagaging friendly older person in their rural village home.

    It would suit someone who would also enjoy having their own space and someone with a love of the countryside rather than the hustle of the town or city.

    Click for details (PDF, 198 KB)

  • Tower Hill, Witney, OX28 (Ref 069)

    We're looking for an easy going, friendly person - who likes to live a quiet life - to join a friendly and independent older lady who very much values her own company and privacy and is self-sufficient in many ways, but owing to deteriorating eyesight, would now feel reassured knowing that there is someone else in the house.

    Someone who enjoys their own space, is content in their own company, is as happy talking as not talking, but who would equally enjoy gentle companionship would be a good match!

    Click for details (PDF, 152 KB)

  • Is Homesharing for you?

    Has reading through these Homeshare Opportunities made you think about how a Homeshare arrangement might benefit yourself, or an older friend or relative? 

    Get in touch

    Use the ‘Register your interest’ form below 

    Call 01865 410670

     

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.

Contact Homeshare Oxfordshire

Please register your interest using the enquiry form below and we will contact you shortly. For any queries email homeshare@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk or call 01865 410 670.

Register your interest

Prior to sending you our full application form (if appropriate), please tell us:
I confirm that I meet the eligibility criteria on pages 4/5 of the ‘Applying to Homeshare Oxfordshire’ document available on this page.
I would like to receive regular emails about opportunities and news from Homeshare Oxfordshire.
Homeshare Oxfordshire is a member of Homeshare UK, the UK network for Homeshare organisations, and has completed the Homeshare UK Quality Assurance Framework as part of our ongoing commitment to providing a safe and effective service.

 

Homeshare Oxfordshire Documents

PDF Applying to Homeshare Oxfordshire
PDF

Homeshare Oxfordshire Accommodation Availability

Homeshare Oxfordshire Accommodation Opportunity Profiles

PDF

Chipping Norton, OX7 (Ref 076) NO LONGER AVAILABLE

PDF

Abingdon, OX14 (Ref 074) AVAILABLE

PDF

Church Hanborough, OX29 (Ref 070) AVAILABLE

PDF

Witney, Tower Hill, OX28 (Ref 069) AVAILABLE

PDF

Checkendon, RG8, (Ref 067) AVAILABLE