Share and Care Homeshare was established in 2006 to address a growing need for affordable companionship and practical help. Share and Care offers help to the elderly, families and people with disabilities, across London and throughout mainland UK. We are members of Homeshare UK and are fully compliant with its Quality Assurance Framework; by using Share and Care Homeshare you can be assured that you will experience a high quality, and yet personal, service.
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 and Care is committed to offering an affordable, personal and professional service. Our Sharers are matched as closely as possible with our Householders 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, whilst we are keen to grow and promote the concept of homeshare across the UK, we are also committed to ensuring we maintain our high standards of giving personal attention and support to all our clients.
Prior to founding Share and Care Homeshare, Caroline established and ran the successful London-based nanny agency After School Nannies. “Years of recruiting nannies, as well as 12+ years of running a homeshare scheme, has given me a wealth of experience in matching different characters and their varied needs. I also have a personal understanding of dementia and how it can affect a family. A homeshare through Share and Care not only offers practical support but also eases the feeling of loneliness – and even anxiety – that older people can have living on their own, while also giving reassurance to their families.”
Amanda Clarke – Director of Share and Care, Board member and Trustee of Shared Lives Plus
Amanda joined Share and Care in 2012. Previously she ran a business in Egypt and headed the Design & Development team of Puma UK. “My previous experience has included managing, employing and vetting potential employees, and I recognise the importance of finding the right people to become homesharers. Homeshare is a really beneficial concept and I feel privileged to be helping elderly people to remain independent in their own homes while also giving younger people an affordable way to live.” Amanda joined the Board of Trustees of Shared Lives Plus in June 2017 to represent Homeshare within the Shared Lives Plus organisation.
About Nicky Dadswell – Homeshare Co-ordinator
Isabel Quinones – Part-time Homeshare Co-ordinator
Isabel joined Share and Care in May 2018. Isabel’s previous experience includes working in the Private Medical Sector, and more recently she worked for Age Concern (StayWell) and in the Education Sector. “One of the many things that appealed to me about joining the team at Share and Care is the difference I could make to people’s lives. Companionship has such a positive impact on the well-being of people, especially the elderly. I look forward to helping make a difference.”
Homeshare is a growing sector of Shared Lives Plus. The Homeshare UK website www.HomeshareUK.org was launched in November 2016 providing online information for potential participants and an online shared portal for network members working across the UK and ROI.
Homeshare UK is striving to become recognised as a sustainable model for housing and social care by enabling participants to enjoy a fulfilling community based living experience. Homeshare UK promotes a Quality Assurance Framework
Share and Care Homeshare was the first member of Homeshare UK to comply.