Homeshare brings people together in shared households via carefully negotiated and supported shared living arrangements. It is all about people helping people, creating meaningful, reciprocal relationships.
Homeshare is underpinned by the belief that the social connection and friendship of a shared living arrangement can help mitigate against the detrimental impacts of loneliness and social isolation and enhance the overall wellbeing of all in the household. Through the sharing of life stories, experiences, and skills, each Owner and Sharer can enrich the lives of those with whom they share.
The Homeshare relationship is based on trust and friendship, allowing people to age and live well within their chosen communities. People from different age brackets, backgrounds, ethnicities, and professions take part in Homeshare. Homeshare is flexible and can be adapted to suit the needs of different groups of Owners and Sharers, and not just those who are typically older and younger. The Owner provides good quality accommodation, a bedroom and use of the shared facilities in their home. In exchange the Sharer provides their time and could assist with social connection, friendship, low level practical assistance such as cooking, light housework, shopping, or gardening, as well as providing the added security of having someone else sleeping in the home. The Sharer may also accompany the older person to appointments, social events and on trips out.
The Homeshare Programme is run and facilitated by Age Concern Auckland. We follow a pathway to ensure
that both Owners and Sharers are well supported throughout their entire journey with the Homeshare Pilot Programme.