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Homesharing scheme provides care and housing

Barnet residents who could benefit from additional help at home are being asked to consider signing up for a Homeshare scheme.

The scheme, run by the charity Novus - Homeshare, matches people who want live-in help or support around the house with people who need accommodation and are willing to offer assistance. Householders with a spare room receive 40 hours of help per month for tasks such as cooking, laundry, gardening, shopping and companionship.

Although the majority of householders are elderly residents, the scheme also caters for people with special needs. Relatives concerned about loved ones living by themselves are also encouraged to find out more about the scheme which gives peace of mind that their relatives are not alone.

Under the scheme, householders pay £130 per month which covers the administration costs as well as receiving regular check-ups to see how things are going. The monthly cost of a room for homesharers is £199.34 a month, much less than the average rent cost of rooms in London.

All homesharers go through a vetting system that includes criminal record and background checks, as well as an interview before being introduced to householders.

Phil Ashford, Business Development Manager of Novus Homeshare, said: “We’re pleased to be working with Barnet Council to extend the programme to the borough’s residents. We’ve already received excellent feedback elsewhere in London, and I hope that the service proves to be of use here too.”

Councillor Sachin Rajput, Chairman of Adults and Safeguarding Committee, added: “This fantastic scheme is helping us to tackle two of Barnet’s biggest challenges, providing affordable care as well as cheaper housing options.

“We know how much people enjoy being able to stay in their own home, and the benefits that come with doing so. Homeshare allows those participating to maintain their independence and dignity whilst knowing help is always there should they need it.”

For more information on the scheme, visit www.novus-homeshare.org.uk.

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