Share & Care was established in 2006 to address a growing need to give help to elderly with low-cost companionship and practical help, and now offers help to the elderly and disabled with homeshare across London and throughout the UK.
While there are many options for people needing personal care, few help to alleviate loneliness and give the on-going companionship that sharing a home can give. Homeshare is an affordable solution offering practical help and support which can typically be very expensive if sought through separate channels.
Share & Care is committed to offering a bespoke, personal and professional service. Our Sharers are matched as closely as possible with our Homeowners to ensure that a friendship and mutual respect can develop, while also ensuring that safeguards exist. We are proud that our clients reward us by recommending us and, although we are keen to grow and promote the concept of homeshare across the UK, we are committed to ensuring we maintain our high standards, giving personal attention, support and the careful introductions of Homeowners to potential Sharers
About Caroline Cooke – Founder and Director
Former public relations account director Caroline Cooke established and ran the successful London-based nanny agency After School Nannies from 2002 to 2006 when she sold it and turned her attention to Share & Care. “My years of recruiting nannies had given me a lot of experience in matching different characters and their varied needs,” says Caroline, who is married to a teacher, and has two children aged 15 and 10. “I love helping people. For thousands of older people, their families don’t live nearby – or are working and have young families of their own. Share & Care can help provide practical support and ease the feeling of loneliness – and even anxiety – that older people can have living on their own, while also giving reassurance to their families.”
About Amanda Clarke- Director
Amanda Clarke joined Share & Care in 2012, having run her own business selling property in Egypt for 7 years. Prior to that Amanda headed the design and development team of Puma UK. She has two children aged 23 and 18. “I am of an age whereby I understand first-hand the difficulties faced when trying to make suggestions and decide on the most appropriate care for an elderly parent. I genuinely think homeshare is a marvellous concept. It is a win-win way of giving help to elderly people and allowing them to remain independent in their own homes while also giving younger people who are struggling to get on the property ladder a chance to live in a low-cost way. I am delighted to be part of the Share & Care team and feel privileged to be part of the growing homeshare concept.”
Elizabeth/Lizzy Prior joined Share and Care in May 2016. Lizzy’s previous experience was in Human Resources, initially in the banking and property sectors and then as a consultant. During her career, Lizzy has worked throughout Europe as well as in the USA. She has also spent time in New Zealand and Japan. “I love working in an environment where you can make a real difference to people’s lives Talking to Homeowners, their families and their Sharers has shown me the value of Homesharing: each one is able to maintain their independence and dignity within the framework of a mutually supportive relationship”.