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Homeshare for Families with children with physical/learning difficulties
Sharers for families who could benefit from extra help
About Us

Share & Care was established in 2006 to address a growing need to give help to elderly with low-cost companionship and practical help, and now offers help to the elderly and disabled with homeshare across London and throughout the UK.

While there are many options for people needing personal care, few help to alleviate loneliness and give the on-going companionship that sharing a home can give. Homeshare is an affordable solution offering practical help and support which can typically be very expensive if sought through separate channels.

Share & Care is committed to offering a bespoke, personal and professional service. Our Sharers are matched as closely as possible with our Homeowners to ensure that a friendship and mutual respect can develop, while also ensuring that safeguards exist. We are proud that our clients reward us by recommending us and, although we are keen to grow and promote the concept of homeshare across the UK, we are committed to ensuring we maintain our high standards, giving personal attention, support and the careful introductions of Homeowners to potential Sharer.

For further information please go to www.shareandcare.co.uk

Homeshare for Families

Who our service helps

Live-in service for Families

The scheme works in the same way as our service for the elderly; it is an affordable, live-in, low cost service to offer practical support in the home, companionship to the child or young adult and perhaps also the family would benefit from a house and pet-sitter if they go away on holiday.

Share & Care specialises in introducing live-in Sharers to Homeowners. This is a very low cost option for Families who need a babysitter or companion for older children one or two evenings each week and would also welcome other practical help around the home. Because the Sharer lives with the Family under the terms of a Homeshare Licence Agreement, the Sharer [licensee] has no tenancy rights nor any employment rights as there is neither a tenancy agreement nor an employment relationship between the two parties.

Share & Care’s Homeshare scheme is a very low cost option of having this help priced at just £6 per day and usually works out much cheaper than having an au pair or regular babysitters. In addition, because the Sharer is responsible for paying for his/her own food and personal items, there aren’t any ‘hidden’ costs.

How it works

Based on the idea of exchange, the Family offers a bedroom and the use of their home’s facilities to the Sharer (the person who lives with them) in return for around 15 hours a week of practical help and support, usually including cooking, light cleaning, laundry/ironing, shopping, gardening. The Homeowner’s property becomes the Sharer’s home for the duration of the agreement. In return for this, the Sharer agrees to sleep in the house for at least five nights a week – although it is their home for all seven nights – and to offer the additional support at other times during the day or early evening. 

Please note: The Sharer is not permitted to give any personal or nursing care to the person they live with. If personal care is required, homeshare can sit alongside a care package from a personal care agency. 

The Sharer, who will usually be 21 years old or over, continues his/her regular job or studies during the day. The 15 hours of practical help a Sharer gives is normally spread out over the week. We look for Sharers who are friendly and caring and who would welcome the opportunity of affordable accommodation and making a new friend.

Who it works for: 

This service helps Families who are looking for low cost help and perhaps an alternative to the traditional au pair or care route. It helps Families who need regular babysitters/chaperones and some general help around the home because perhaps they have a child or young adult with special needs or a disability who may need a companion/ mentor/helper. The scheme is an ideal way to support the parents and other children within the family.

Why it works:

Share & Care pays great attention to the personalities of the Families who are looking for help, and works hard in a professional yet friendly manner to find Sharers who have suitable practical experience and availability as well as similar interests so that they can give the required support and also so that genuine friendships can develop. 

For further information please contact us at www.shareandcare.co.uk

Cost of our service

Costs

Share & Care charges both the Family and the Sharer a small monthly facilitation fee. There is no exchange of money between the Family and the Sharer. The Family do not pay anything until we have introduced them to a suitable Sharer who suits their needs, and has offered them a home.

Our fees are as follows:

  • London Service – Fees £150 + VAT [£180 per month], which equates to under £6 per day
  • Outer London and City Service – In other UK Cities and London suburbs our fees are £125 + VAT [£150 per month], which is under £5 per day. We charge a nominal introduction fee with the first invoice.
  • Country Service – In more rural country areas our fees are £100 + VAT [£125 per month], which is under £4 per day. We charge a nominal introduction fee with the first invoice.

The Sharer is normally responsible for paying for his / her own food and phone bills. 

Length of share

We undertake to look for Sharers who will be in a position to commit to living with the Family for at least one year and most arrangements last for at least a year. However, we understand that situations can change on both sides and a 30 day notice period is included in all agreements.

On going support

The Agency provides regular, on-going support to both the Family and the Sharer. The objective is to monitor their relationship progress to encourage a happy, friendly homeshare and if needed help to clarify and resolve any issues should they arise. The Share & Care team is always at the end of the phone to provide help, and aims to provide a professional and friendly service.

For further information please contact us at www.shareandcare.co.uk

 

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12 Acris Street
London
SW18 2QP