HomeShare Isle of WightShare your home for mutual benefit
What does it do?
HomeShare brings you together with a younger person who has the energy and willingness to pledge help with your household and other tasks in exchange for you providing an affordable place to live.
- HomeShare helps people to help one another and aims to improve the quality of life for all those involved.
- Each HomeShare is unique and arrived at after comprehensive screening and careful compatibility matching.
- HomeShare helps householders to retain their independence and remain living in loved homes and familiar communities.
- It can be a rewarding and satisfying way to find suitable and affordable accommodation.
- Both householder and home sharer equally contribute to, and benefit from HomeShare. (NB: The sharer is not a live-in carer, housekeeper or lodger).
How does HomeShare work?
- HomeShare Co-ordinators work with you every step of the way. A thorough interview is carried out which explores what specific help and support you might be seeking as a householder (or are willing to provide as a home sharer). We’ll also ask about your interests, lifestyle and outlook on life, and the type of person you would be willing to share your home with (or the type of home you are looking for as a home sharer). Importantly, this face-to face interview provides a further chance for you to ask questions.
- Once the Co-ordinators have identified a potential match, an introduction on neutral ground is arranged to give both householder and home sharer the chance to meet, chat and see how they might get along if sharing.
- Applicants must agree to criminal background and reference checks.
- If the introduction goes well, and checks prove acceptable, a trial follows to enable householder and sharer to assess whether theirs is a good match and to work on the detail of their unique HomeShare Agreement. This agreement sets out the fine detail of the home share, including the mutual needs and expectations of householder and sharer and how long their HomeShare will last (generally from six months to a year or more, unless circumstances change).
Who it is for?
People aged 50+ and living in a home that's starting to feel on the big side, perhaps finding tasks too demanding and free time or “me” time in short supply or non-existent.
Where it is available?
Local service (Isle of Wight).
How to access or apply for it:
Find out more by contacting HomeShare Co-ordinators Lorraine Lord or Diane Coppell at Age UK Isle of Wight on 525282, or email HomeShare@ageukiw.org.uk.
Info last updated:
147 High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1TY