What is Homeshare?

Homeshare matches someone who needs some help to live independently in their own home (householder) with someone who has a housing need (homesharer). In return for low cost accommodation the homesharer provides a minimum of 10 hours of support per week to the householder.

Who are householders?

Householders are often older people or people who need support to continue to live in their own homes. They will have some support needs or may have become isolated or anxious about living alone. The idea is that with reassurance and companionship householders will continue to live full, happy and healthy lives. Householders will also be able to pass on their skills and experience to enrich the lives of those that share with them.

Would you like some extra help at home?  Find out how you can become a householder.

Who are homesharers?

Homesharers are often younger people, students, or key public service workers who cannot afford housing where they work. They are happy to give their time to support the needs of older people.

Homesharing benefits and enriches the lives of both the householder and the homesharer. It is not just about providing support but is also a great way to widen your horizons, learn new skills and meet new people.

Are you looking for affordable accommodation? Find out how you can become a homesharer.


To help the householder live independently, the homesharer provides at least 10 hours of support per week. The type of support offered is agreed between the householder and homesharer. Support includes activities like:

  • cooking
  • shopping
  • cleaning
  • laundry
  • reading
  • administration
  • walking the dog
  • companionship

People from different backgrounds, ethnicities and professions take part in Homeshare. The scheme is based on helping each other to live better lives and creating better communities. Homeshare UK is part of a global movement with programmes operating in Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Australia, Canada and USA.

Want to know more?

Read our frequently asked questions for more information on Homeshare.