Information for Families considering the support of a Home Sharer
Share and Care’s homeshare scheme can also support busy Families who would benefit from low-cost practical help and companionship for children/young adults with physical disabilities and learning difficulties such as Autism, ADHD and Down’s Syndrome. The Sharer offers practical support in the home and can also accompany the young person to activities, for example, and be their friend/mentor/chaperone, thereby offering some respite to other family members.
Who our service helps
The scheme works in the same way as our service for the elderly; it is an affordable, live-in, low-cost service to offer practical support in the home and companionship to the child or young adult. Some families also appreciate the benefit of the Sharer as a house and pet-sitter if they go away on holiday.
Share and Care specialises in introducing live-in Sharers to Householders. This is a very low cost option for Families who need a babysitter or companion for older children one or two evenings each week and would also welcome other practical help around the home. Because the Sharer lives with the Family under the terms of a Homeshare Licence Agreement, the Sharer [licensee] has no tenancy rights nor any employment rights as there is neither a tenancy agreement nor an employment relationship between the two parties.
Share and Care’s homeshare scheme is a very low cost option of having this help priced at just £5 per day and usually works out much cheaper than having an au pair or regular babysitters. In addition, because the Sharer is responsible for paying for his/her own food and personal items, there aren’t any ‘hidden’ costs.
How it works
Based on the idea of exchange, the Family offers a bedroom and the use of their home’s facilities to the Sharer (the person who lives with them) in return for around 15 hours a week of practical help and support, usually including cooking, light cleaning, laundry/ironing, shopping, gardening. The Householder’s property becomes the Sharer’s home for the duration of the agreement. In return for this, the Sharer agrees to sleep in the house for at least six nights a week – although it is their home for all seven nights – and to offer the additional support at other times during the day or early evening.
Please note: The Sharer is not permitted to give any personal or nursing care to the person they live with. If personal care is required, a homeshare can sit alongside a care package from a personal care agency.
The Sharer, who will usually be 24 years old or over, continues his/her regular job or studies during the day. The 15 hours of practical help a Sharer gives is normally spread out over the week. We look for Sharers who are friendly and caring and who would welcome the opportunity of affordable accommodation and making a new friend.
Who it works for
This service helps Families who are looking for low cost help and perhaps an alternative to the traditional au pair or care route. It helps Families who need regular babysitters/chaperones and some general help around the home because perhaps they have a child or young adult with special needs or a disability who may need a companion/mentor/helper. The scheme is an ideal way to support the parents and other children within the family.
Why it works
Share and Care pays great attention to the personalities of the Families who are looking for help, and works hard in a professional, yet friendly manner to find Sharers who have suitable practical experience and availability as well as similar interests so that they can give the required support and also so that genuine friendships can develop.
Where it works
Share and Care offers a service across mainland UK. In locations outside major cities or large towns, it may take longer to find the right Sharer and in some rural locations it may not be possible to find a suitable Sharer at all.
Choosing your Sharer
When matching a Family with a Sharer, the Agency starts by finding out as much as possible about the Family. Share and Care then performs a rigorous interview process and vetting process with the potential Sharer to assess their suitability and compatibility. Share and Care ensures Sharers have an in-date DBS check [Disclosure Barring Service] or applies for one for them, and personally contacts a minimum of two referees. When introducing a potential Sharer, Share and Care will first provide the Family with a written synopsis, including references, of the Sharer applicant. The Family then meets the potential Sharer to see how they get on. Referees may also be contacted by the Family. If the Family offers the homeshare to the Sharer, at that stage we draw up the Homeshare Licence Agreement. After the Sharer has moved in, Share and Care continues to keep in regular contact with both parties to ensure the arrangement is satisfactory and offer advice, if required.
Both the *Family and the Sharer contribute a nominal monthly fee which equates to £5 per day. As Share and Care Homeshare does not receive any funding, these contributions go towards finding, vetting and matching Sharers as well as monitoring and supporting each Homeshare arrangement. There is no exchange of money between the Family (except for reimbursement of shopping the Sharer may have done on the Family’s behalf).
Our fees are as follows:
- London and UK Service – Fees are £150 per month, which is £5 per day
* A non-refundable Families Registration Fee of £60 is payable at time of registration.
The Sharer is normally responsible for paying for his / her own food and phone bills.
Length of share
We undertake to look for Sharers who will be in a position to commit to living with the Family for at least one year and most arrangements last for a year or longer. However, we understand that situations can change on both sides and a 4 weeks’ notice period is included in all agreements.
On going support
The Share and Care team provides regular, on-going support to both the Family and the Sharer. The objective is to monitor their relationship progress to encourage a happy, friendly homeshare and if needed, help to clarify and resolve any issues should they arise.
We offer all our clients a free place in our weekly Seated Exercise class led by a trained Fitness instructor, this is a great opportunity to interact with other members of the Share and Care community. Our clients also receive a regular newsletter with information and activities.
Unity Living has been developed for those Householders who don’t require as much help and support as a Homeshare offers but who would still value a carefully matched and vetted lodger who will pay some rent and can also offer up to 5 hours of support and friendship each week. Click here for further information
Please download our brochure for more information on our homeshare service.