I’m 31 and moved in with a 90 year old to save on rent- now we’re friends.

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As seen in The Times – October 2023

When Anthea Sieveking’s husband died, her home in north London suddenly felt empty. So she signed up to a scheme that found her a helpful lodger — and a friend

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Saga On-line September 2022

It took a tumble for Virginia Ironside to accept she needed support at home. And an ingenious scheme paired her with Roger. By Virginia Ironside. 

Daily Mail 7 September 2022 – Why every woman like me should get a Man Friday!

He mows the grass, clears drains and does the bins – all without being nagged. But he’s not a doting husband, he’s one of a new breed of handyman-lodgers, writes VIRGINIA IRONSIDE

Amanda Clarke talks to Jacqui Kerr about new scheme “Help for Housemates” which aims to combat the cost of living and loneliness.

The generation game

Friendships across the generations are good for us – as these age-gap housemates would agree. By Jane Yettram for Townswoman_issue1_2022

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Expert comment

Founders, Amanda Clarke and Caroline Cooke are available immediately for interview or speaking engagements.  They are able to provide expert comment on a range of topics related to homeshare including:

  • Homeshare: its impact on older people, younger people & families
  • Homeshare: supporting people with different health needs (dementia, Parkinson’s, etc)
  • Benefits of Intergenerational living
  • The homeshare model in health and social care
  • The homeshare model in housing