Homeshare UK logoHomeshare is an intergenerational housing option in which older people (Householders) provide an affordable home to a younger person in exchange for support with everyday tasks such as shopping, cooking and cleaning, along with companionship. The Homesharer would also contribute towards everyday bills.

Anyone can be a Householder as long as they have a comfortable spare room and would benefit from the company and help around the house. 

Homeshare UK is conducting research with funding from the Welsh Government to better understand people's attitudes to Homeshare in Wales.

What is Homeshare, and how does it work?

Homeshare schemes can be set up and run by community, voluntary and other non-profit organisations.

They bring together older people (Householders) living on their own (in their own home) with young professionals or students (Homesharer).

The Homesharer moves in for an agreed period of time and pays a fee to the Homeshare scheme. In return the Homesharer provides an agreed weekly number of hours of low-level support.  This could include help with shopping, cleaning, handyperson and gardening jobs and companionship.

This fits with the drive to innovate in relation to care and support models that support older people to age well and maintain their independence.

There are three surveys for different beneficiaries currently open – please take 5 minutes to share your views:

For older people / Householders – Click here to take the survey

For family members / friends of those living alone – click here to take the survey 

For organisations who may be interested in setting up a scheme – Click here to take the survey

You can find out more about Homeshare at: www.homeshareuk.org