The founders of three national homeshare organisations have today announced the launch of the Homeshare Association. As the recognised voice in homeshare, the newly formed Homeshare Association aims to strengthen collaborations between the homeshare market and the health and social care sector.
Share and Care Homeshare, Supportmatch Homeshare, and THE HomeShare are experienced independent providers of homeshare across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
The organisations have united to develop the strategic commitments for the new Homeshare Association. They are collectively dedicated to increasing awareness within government and the health and social care sector of homeshare as a mainstream option to support older people and adults living with a variety of needs.
Homeshare matches older people who need some help to live independently in their own home with younger people (often aged between 20 and 50), who provide a low level of practical support such as shopping, cooking meals, or light gardening, in exchange for accommodation.
As a membership organisation, the Homeshare Association will also ensure the highest standards and professionalism are maintained, with homeshare providers required to meet strict criteria to gain approval for membership.
Amanda Clarke, co-founder of the Homeshare Association said, “The homeshare movement is rapidly gaining pace and the launch of the Homeshare Association comes at a pivotal time. With health and social care under significant pressure, the need for alternative support routes is increasing, and there is a very strong case for homeshare. The members of The Homeshare Association have a deep understanding and extensive experience of homeshare and its impact on older people, and we will leverage our knowledge and insight to generate discussion and raise awareness of how homeshare is supporting and easing current financial, health and social care, and housing challenges.”
Over the coming months, Amanda and co-founders will work to build the new association, sharing expertise, increasing awareness around homeshare, and driving conversations on social change. With an ethos based on community and collaboration, it is anticipated that the Homeshare Association will grow its membership further, bringing together a range of experienced, independent national homeshare providers.
To find out more about the Homeshare Association, call 020 3865 3398 or visit the website here