23rd June 2020 – We are delighted to announce Share and Care Homeshare has been awarded a considerable grant by the charitable foundation Four Daughters to increase recognition of Share and Care Homeshare as an option for affordable live-in support to older people, and to escalate the number of Homeshare participants in London and across the UK. This grant comes at a time when Homeshare has shown its enormous value during the Covid-19 pandemic; Share and Care Homeshare reports zero Covid-19 deaths compared to 11,800 deaths in care homes as reported by the ONS.*
Share and Care Homeshare was established in 2006 to provide a low-cost solution to some of the widespread – and growing – social issues among older people, notably loneliness and social isolation. Share and Care matches householders who need help to live independently in their own home with people (‘Sharers’) who are looking for an affordable place to live in a home environment, and who are happy to give an agreed level of practical help and companionship in return.
As well as giving householders essential practical support, Share and Care Homeshare addresses the huge risks (mental and physical) posed by loneliness and isolation. Loneliness increases the likelihood of mortality by 26%.* Homeshare can help any person with a support need and includes people with reduced mobility, dementia, depression, poor sight, Parkinson’s, bi-polar, autism, and those who are lonely or anxious in their own home.
Four Daughters is a UK registered charitable trust focused on providing funding for initiatives, charities and organisations that are committed to making a real difference in supporting older people and strengthening communities, with a particular interest in supporting intergenerational work.
Four Daughter’s Katie Mond says; “Four Daughters is delighted to support Share and Care Homeshare and its sustainable expansion. Their commitment to creating supportive communities and bringing generations together is greatly needed.”
Caroline Cooke, founding director of Share and Care Homeshare adds; “We are excited about the opportunity this grant from Four Daughters gives us, and the timing of it couldn’t be better. With growing focus on the challenges within the care sector during Covid-19, now more than ever before there is a need to move away from traditional models of provision around residential/care homes and to consider a wider range of options. Homeshare offers a bespoke innovative housing arrangement which has a personal approach supporting individuals to remain living independently in their own homes. This grant will help us address some of the current barriers to take-up and help to position Share and Care Homeshare as a recognised choice alongside some of the more well-known traditional services on offer.”
Notes for editors:
Established in 2006, Share and Care Homeshare converted to a Community Interest Company (CIC) in 2019 (Homeshare Experts CIC, trading as Share and Care Homeshare).
Since its launch in 2006, Share and Care Homeshare has matched and managed 845 Homeshare arrangements. The average length of a Homeshare arrangement through Share and Care Homeshare is 15 months. Share and Care Homeshare operates across the UK.
Share and Care Homeshare is a member of Homeshare UK and Homeshare International
From 2017-2020, Amanda Clarke served as a trustee on the board of Shared Lives Plus, a national charity that promotes supportive shared living through Shared Lives and Homeshare.
* Source: Campaign to End Loneliness
* Source: Office National Statistics 12/6/2020
To quote a Share and Care Homeshare Householder;
Jean who is 78 and wheelchair bound told us, “I was on my own for 22 hours a day before Jon moved in as my Sharer. It has made such a difference to my life having him here; just his smile makes me happy.”
To quote a Share and Care Homesharer;
Lauren who is 40 has been a Sharer since the beginning of Covid-19 pandemic, “Anyone can be lonely and since I started living in a homeshare, I feel more useful and less lonely”