Homeshare Partnership Programme Evaluation

Research published in May 2018 by Lloyds Bank Foundation for
England and Wales and the Big Lottery Fund, revealed how
intergenerational homesharing can help reduce loneliness and isolation,
improve wellbeing and address the lack of affordable housing options.
The homeshare model is based on trust and friendship, allowing people to
‘live well’ within their chosen communities.

The evaluation, commissioned by SCIE and conducted by
Traverse, looked at what works to develop a sustainable homeshare
scheme, through:          

  • Identifying which approaches and activities work best as well as barriers
  • Assessing the cost and benefits of the schemes
  • Identifying what would encourage a wider take up of
    homeshare, through the development of a framework of factors to be used
    by commissioners to assess bids for homeshare schemes  

The evaluation found that the homeshare model         

  • reduces loneliness and improves wellbeing by offering companionship and facilitating inter-generational relationships
  • provides affordable housing for younger people who are often priced out.      

The evaluation was funded by Lloyds Bank Foundation for
England and Wales (LBF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BLF), who have
collectively invested £2m in the Homeshare Partnership programme. The
programme included supporting the set up of homeshare schemes at eight
sites in England and Scotland, to test and develop the model. Further
details about these sites are provided in the report.


Homeshare matches young people needing a place to live with older people
with a spare room who need a helping hand at home.Meet some of our
homesharers and see what they have to say about their experiences.

About homeshare in the UK  

Homeshare UK is the network for all Homeshare schemes in the UK and
Republic of Ireland. Partners work closely with Homeshare International.     

As of May 2018 there are some 20 schemes around the UK
with 350 matches involved. The network has grown by 35% over the last

Homeshare has proven to be a popular model across the US
and Europe with schemes successfully operating in 14 countries

HomeShare UK supports, guides and is the national voice for Homeshare schemes. 

The quality standards developed by Homeshare UK ensure
network members self-regulate and continuously improve their practices
so that they are safe and effective

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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