Homesharing is a simple way of people helping each other. One person has a home that they are willing to share but are at a stage in their life where they need some help and support. The other needs accommodation and is willing to give some help in exchange for somewhere to live.
Homeshare is the name of a specific way of going about sharing your home; many housing and/or support services inadvertently place the user of the services in the position of “recipient” and the people who provide that service in the powerful position of “provider”. However hard people try and minimise this obvious power imbalance it is always part of the arrangement and can affect the way the service is provided and received.
With Homeshare both the Householder and the Homesharer are gaining from the arrangement and both feel valued and respected for whatever they are contributing. This allows them to enter the arrangement with dignity and enthusiasm.Homeshare is run by a Homeshare Programme that employs a Homeshare Co-ordinator. The Co-ordinator has the task of finding suitable Householders and Homesharers and introducing them to each other. Co-ordinators also provide any help and support that the Householder or Homesharer need in order to keep the Homeshare arrangement working well for both parties
It is not a solution for everyone:
- firstly you need large enough accommodation
- secondly you have to accept someone you don’t know coming to live with you
- Thirdly it is not for someone with severe needs but it is useful if you need a bit of help mowing the lawn – and not for major household tasks – the sort of help you might offer an aunt whom you visit.
However for some people it is an ideal solution because it is a reciprocal arrangement. It works well if someone may temporarily want to live in another part of the country and wouldn’t be able to stay there without it being costly, it can be an excellent way of someone wishing to learn English or for a student wishing to go abroad.
You might like to look at the Home share website: http://homeshare.org/