Wanted: homeowners

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Do you live alone in your own home but want to stay independent? Do you have a spare room?  

A new scheme, Leeds Homeshare, offers a way for older people to stay safely in their own homes and offer younger people a helping hand.

How does it work?

We match up the older person (Homeowner) with someone (Homesharer) who needs a home.

No personal care is involved but the Homesharer agrees to provide around 10 hours a week support in exchange for lodging.

Help with those things that can start to get difficult as you get older, like shopping, cooking, cleaning, walking the dog maybe or looking after the garden.  Or, it can be just to have someone to watch the telly with.

How to get involved

You simply complete the appropriate form and send it to us.  We then sensitively process them: matching people is crucial to the success of Homeshare so we spend time getting it right.

After consulting the owner and sharer – a personalised agreement is developed to cover how the living arrangements will work, utility bills for example.

Both Homeowner and sharer pay a fee to the Council.   A share will last a minimum of 6 months.

Managing any risks

We have also put a lot of thought into managing any risks.  We have checks including DBS, Reference and Credit Checks and a thorough assessment and support throughout the match.

So Contact Cath on: 0113 37 85410 for a chat or drop us a line at: or email: homeshare@leeds.gov.uk  if you would like to know more.  You can get forms from www.leeds.gov.uk/homeshare.

By |Health & Care, Older People
2017-02-03T12:33:38+00:00 24th August 2016|Comments Off on Wanted: homeowners

About the Author:

Sean Tunnicliffe
Sean is the communications Officer at Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and also deals with admin and office management. He enjoys the wide variety of his role which covers things like designing reports and documents, organising meetings, putting together ebulletins, writing blogs, updating the LOPF website and social media and making sure that the office never runs out of milk. He has worked in the third sector since 2001 first with Volition and then LOPF and is the longest serving member of the Forum Central team. Previous to this Sean had mainly worked in horticulture and also had a spell managing a newsagent shop.