Supporting you every step of the way

Many of us will struggle at some point in our life to stay in our community due to lack of support or money.

You might not have many friends or family nearby to help with every day tasks. You might struggle to find affordable accommodation to call your home.

Homeshare Mendip connects Householders who have a spare room, with people who need an affordable place to call home. A shared home where you will have someone to chat to, share experiences with and get support from.

Let us help you to find the right person to share a home and companionship with.

Why we exist

We believe that everybody is entitled to choose and have control over how they live their lives.

We believe that everybody should have access to affordable housing in their own community.

We believe everyone is lonely at some point in their lives, and that we should all be able to share our lives and homes with others we connect with.

How we achieve our why

Our Homeshare Matching Service, based on safe practices and friendship:

  • Enables you to share a home for companionship
  • Share experiences to beat loneliness
  • Is a potential solution to the housing crisis

What we provide for you

Our Homeshare Matching Service matches people to share a home:

  • Helps you stay independently in your own home for longer
  • Provides affordable accommodation to call home, at a time of record housing shortages and high rent
  • Combats loneliness and isolation

Our team

Homeshare Mendip was started by Fair Housing for Frome in 2021. Our team works in partnership with Mendip Health Connectors to identify people who want to live in their own home but, for one reason or another are finding it difficult. We also work with anyone not connected to Mendip Health Connectors, but who are interested in Homeshare.

Dominic Ellison
Dominic EllisonExecutive Director
I have extensive experience of developing third sector organisations in Chief Executive, Director and Advisor roles.

Much of my work has focussed on delivering systems change in Social Care. This includes a current role of Chief Executive of WECIL, the UK’s largest Disabled People’s User-Led Organisation. Here I am leading change in self-directed home care and personal budgets. I developed City and Hackney Together, a single point of access organisation to coordinate statutory care contracts by third sector consortia, whilst Trustee/Director of Hackney Council for Voluntary Service. I developed a peer-led Elder People’s Support Project, whilst Chief Executive of Ackroyd Community Association.

Throughout my career, I have focussed on empowering communities to draw on their own assets to deliver the change they identify is needed. This included 7 years as Chief Executive of England’s largest Co-operative Development Agency and 3 years as Trustee of Locality UK.

Anna Karlsson
Anna KarlssonComms
Hi, I am Anna. I make sure the website works. I also look after other communication material here at Homeshare Mendip. If you have any comments about the website, you can always contact me through our contact page.

Over the last 15 years I've created stories, websites and other material to make sure people like you get the information you need. I've worked with several large and small organisations in the UK, Europe, India and China. I have recently worked with some local Somerset businesses, including Lungi Babas (food), Fingal (clothes) and Niina Kuosmanen (artist).

Based in Somerset, I spend my time with my child, partner, cat and friends. I am a cyclist and lover of chocolate. I'm passionate about supporting thriving communities that work for nature and people.

I look forward to helping to create connections to combat loneliness, increase access to affordable accommodation, and enabling people to have more control over how they live their lives.

Bill Palmer
Bill PalmerChair
I was a founder of Fair Housing for Frome in 2015 and was its first chair, organising monthly meetings during 2016 to explore the issues around housing in Frome.

I have always held the view that one of the main problems in modern society is the greed and possessiveness which has turned housing into a profitable commodity rather than a social necessity.

Therefore, my passion within FHfF has been to encourage sharing and community – focusing on encouraging lodging and the creation of community within new developments.

In Frome, I focus on voluntary work. I am vice-chair of Open Story Tellers, a charity which helps people with learning disability to share their story and become valuable members of society.

I also founded Elderventure, an organisation that helps people to maintain their self-value as they grow older and which facilitates intergenerational projects.

Andy Jones
Andy JonesTreasurer
As well as Director and Treasurer of Homshare Mendip, I am also Chair of Fair Housing for Frome.

Having moved to Frome a couple of years ago I feel strongly that I should give something back to my newly adopted town and I see Fair Housing for Frome as an organisation that can really make a difference.

I’ve experienced many different types of accommodation around the country, and watched in sadness as council homes were sold off in the past years. I’m enjoying working with Fair Housing for Frome to try and ensure that the town works towards a sustainable model that provides secure and affordable homes for all.