Holdsworth HomeShare is Thriving!
A mutually beneficial arrangement matching older people who are living alone with a room to spare, with a person looking for affordable accommodation and companionship.
We are excited to announce that Holdsworth HomeShare is gaining strong momentum. Since launching in October 2018, we have received an overwhelming response; 120+ enquiries from Owners, 150+ from Sharers across NSW. We have now successfully reached 70% of our second year target matches! Philanthropic support has enabled us to launch this innovative service and now as HomeShare’s popularity and visibility expands, the it is growing to a sustainable scale. The more people we speak to across Sydney, the more we see how much still needs to be done. The number of older people looking for practical ways to remain living at home is astounding as is the wide cross-section of our society struggling to find affordable, appropriate accommodation.
The HomeShare Concept
The Holdsworth HomeShare service is a community led response addressing two of the biggest areas of social need facing Australian society – a housing affordability crisis and growing isolation amongst an ageing population.
The mutually beneficial arrangement allows older people (Owners) to remain living in their own home, while offering an affordable accommodation option for younger people looking for companionship (Sharers).
“When you have somebody living nearby, not with you all the time even, you feel less lonely. I feel more connected to my friends and family now. They’ve taught me to use my iPad and I can speak to loved ones regularly,” – Owner.
Promoting the Idea
Throughout 2019 our focus was on raising awareness, interest and engagement in the HomeShare concept particularly with older people. Since our launch we have released a series of fictional stories about HomeShare entitled “The Spare Room”, Holdsworth HomeShare has featured across various media platforms including the ABC, Radio National, Channel 7 and The Domain. We have also worked closely with ABC’s Compass show to film a segment on HomeShare to air in coming months. “This a very important topic and we hope to reflect the values and integrity of the concept in our program, and for our viewers to discover the stories and personalities of the people involved,” Producer – ABC Compass.
Our Current Matches
We have current, ongoing matches supporting older people in their homes in Woollahra, Waverley, City of Sydney and Randwick LGAs. The Sharers range in demographic from overseas and local students to women who are in transition points in their lives and need an affordable way to stay close to family and work. We have seen incredible outcomes for both sides of these matches, with genuine friendships forming across generations and in their wider communities.
Our targeted promotion has supported our matches across Sydney and has put us on track to meet our current three year Business Plan towards financial sustainability.
We are committed to the continued growth of Holdsworth HomeShare! We believe Sydneysiders are becoming more familiar with the Holdsworth HomeShare service and the opportunities it offers to older and younger people challenged by life in our city. Our challenge is to continue to build our service further and continue to respond to the unique circumstances of individuals. We hope to be able to broaden our offering to support more vunerable women, refugees and migrants as well as people living with a disability.
Thank you for your ongoing support of Holdsworth HomeShare and our shared community!