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How does Homeshare work?2021-05-12T17:17:40+00:00

Homeshare is a co-operative relationship which brings together people who both have a need that can be met by what the other can share. The Householder provides a room and shared facilities free of charge to the Homesharer. In return the Homesharer provides companionship and around 10 hours per week of help with agreed tasks. See How Homeshare Works for more.

What is a Householder?2021-05-12T17:13:26+00:00

Anyone in need of some help to continue living independently at home, with a spare room and space to share can become a Householder with Homeshare Mendip. Householders may be older people, but people of all ages can find themselves with support needs and room to share. Homesharers may need help around the house or may have become isolated and feel anxious about living alone. Householder brings all their experience and skills to enrich the lives of those with whom they choose to share their homes. Register to become a Householder here

What is a Homesharer?2021-05-12T17:15:13+00:00

Anyone with affordable accommodation needs and time to share providing help and companionship to somebody with support needs can become a Homesharer with Homeshare Mendip. Homesharers can be young people starting out on their own independent life, students, key public service workers or somebody separating from the family home. Homesharers will share at least 10 hours of their time per week to provide support around the house – like cooking, shopping, cleaning, pet care, or simply companionship to somebody who would otherwise be living alone. Register to become a Homersharer here

How is Homeshare different to home care services?2021-05-12T17:24:05+00:00

A Homesharer does not provide any elements of personal care, such as bathing, medication administration, lifting or feeding, to the Householder. Instead Homesharers provide help around the house and companionship. It is possible for a Homeshare arrangement to sit alongside a separate home care service. For more information see How Homeshare Works.

What are the costs?2021-07-21T12:20:49+00:00

Both Householder and Homesharer pay a small monthly fee of £149 starting from the date they sign the Homeshare Agreement. There are no rent or care charges paid between the Householder and Homesharer, though some Householders may require a contribution to utilities.

What are the fees used for?2021-05-22T04:55:46+00:00

The small monthly fee goes towards the costs of setting up and managing the scheme and providing ongoing monitoring and support to you throughout the duration of the agreement. This includes matching, vetting, safeguarding, DBS and reference checking, help to create a Self Directed Support Plan, preparing the tailored Homeshare Agreement, linking you to other community initiatives to ensure you have the support you need, 7 days per week responsive support and ensuring Homeshare will be available to you and others, for years to come. See How Homeshare Works for more information.

Is being a Homesharer only for young people?2021-05-12T17:27:51+00:00

No. All sorts of people choose to be Homesharers. They could be young people starting off on their journey of independence, key workers who can’t afford to rent in their own community, people separating from a relationship, couples, retirees, anyone who has time to offer to help around the house and provide companionship.

Is a Householder only an old person or someone who can’t take care of themselves?2021-05-12T17:34:00+00:00

Householders may be older people, but people of all ages can find themselves with support needs and room to share. For example some disabled young people may seek a peer their own age to support them to live independently in their own home. Homesharers may need help around the house or may have become isolated and feel anxious about living alone.

What if it doesn’t work out?2021-05-12T17:37:14+00:00

We do all we can to make the perfect match, and there is no commitment to go ahead after an introduction is made. We are here to provide support if something goes wrong. We can help communicate expectations or concerns and get the relationship back on track. However, sometimes things just don’t work out. Don’t worry, you are free to end the agreement without any financial penalties. In such a case we will work with you to find a new match. In exceptional cases this may mean that the Homesharer needs temporary accommodation as a new match is found – we will be on hand to find this through our existing network and will ensure the transition is as smooth as possible.

No match, no fee2021-02-28T10:54:14+00:00

There is no obligation to sign an agreement. If at any point you don’t feel comfortable, just let us know. There will be no charge to you unless you sign an agreement to live with someone.

Can I have a friend/partner visit overnight2021-05-12T17:43:26+00:00

Generally, Homesharers will socialise with their friends outside of the home. Once the Householder and Homesharers know each other well, they may agree a friend to visit as an appropriate arrangement. We address these questions in the matching stage,

Is it safe?2021-05-12T17:40:13+00:00

Homeshare Mendip takes safeguarding seriously. Our safeguarding policy and procedures are available on request. All Homesharers undergo Enhanced DBS, ID and credit checks. References are also sought from employers or universities for all our homesharers. For the safety and welfare of our sharers, we also seek to find appropriate information from the householder regarding personal support needs and this may involve speaking to a family member, health official or social worker as part of the support/checks. We can be contacted 7 days a week if there are any concerns.

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