Homesharing is a simple way of helping people to help each other. Share and Care Homeshare is the most experienced homeshare organisation, having been matching and mentoring homeshares for over 13 years and offering our service across London and the UK. We are members of Homeshare UK and are fully compliant with its Quality Assurance Framework; by using Share & Care Homeshare you can be assured that you will experience a high quality, and yet personal, service.
In essence, a homeshare involves bringing together two people with different sets of needs, both of whom have something to offer each other:
- The Householder has a spare room and will benefit from the reassurance of someone living in the house, friendly company and practical help.
- The Sharer can give companionship, low level practical support and will benefit from low cost accommodation.
Homesharing is a positive way of allowing people to remain independent in their own homes. Both the Householder and their Sharer gain from the arrangement and feel valued and respected for their contribution. Homesharing is a very low-cost arrangement, costing each party as little as £5 a day.
Householders provide free accommodation in their home to their Sharer in exchange for their time and help. Both parties pay a small monthly fee to Share and Care to facilitate and support the arrangement.
The first homeshare programmes were set up in the US in 1972, and the first in the UK in the 1980s. Today there are homeshare programmes across the world including in France, Germany and Australia.