Homeshare scheme launched in Windsor and Maidenhead

Homeshare scheme launched in Windsor and Maidenhead

Philip Dewey

Homeshare scheme launched in Windsor and Maidenhead

A homeshare scheme to encourage elderly homeowners to offer accommodation to young people in exchange for companionship has been launched in Windsor and Maidenhead.

Charity Ategi launched the scheme in the Royal Borough in March in order to identify vulnerable, isolated or lonely people and match them with someone who can provide 10 hours of support a week in exchange for a room.

The Royal Borough council provided funding to the Buckinghamshire-based charity to deliver the homeshare scheme in a three-year contract.

Michelle La Garde, homeshare co-ordinator for Windsor and Maidenhead, said: "We haven't matched anybody as of yet but we have had quite a lot of people getting in touch with us and expressing interest.

"Matching people is quite a long process because we have to make sure we match people with lifestyles which won't clash but we are gaining momentum and I am really pleased with our progress."

The charity charge a small management fee for homeowners and homesharers in order to make the scheme self-reliant.

Contact Michelle at 01494 568 888 or for more information.

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