Homesharing is a great way to save on high accommodation costs whilst providing support to an individual and making a friend in the process. A Homesharer is typically a kind, caring and proactive individual who may be pursuing studies away from home or working. Your occupation can either be full time or part time, but you should be able to provide at least 10 hours of support per week to the Householder. In return you don’t pay any rent to the Householder, just our monthly fee plus any contributions to bills.
To register with Lightshare as a Homesharer, you must:
- Be aged 21 and over
- Be able to provide 10 hours of support each week
- Provide two references (an employer and character reference)
- Have a right to live in the UK
- Commit to staying overnight at least five nights per week
- Have a clean enhanced DBS check (this can be carried out by Lightshare if required for £30)
- Commit to Homesharing for a minimum of six months
To match with a Householder, a Homesharer needs to have the qualities and the skills the Householder is looking for. In return, the Householder also has to match the profile the Homesharer is looking to live with.
What will I be required to do as a Homesharer?
Generally, Householders may seek the following support and services:
- A person who can offer quality companionship and social interaction
- Someone to stay in the house overnight to provide a sense of security
- Help with light domestic tasks such as shopping, cooking, cleaning and gardening
- Technical support such as help with a computer or phone
- Someone to watch TV with in the evenings
- Some may need a person who can drive them to their doctor’s appointments and other pre-agreed on places.
- Taking care of pets
Homesharers are never asked to provide assistance with washing and dressing, medication giving, moving and handling a person, toileting or handling of any bodily fluids.