Could Barnsley benefit from Homeshare?

Barnsley Council wants to ask residents if Barnsley could benefit from Homeshare.

Residents are encouraged to have their say about whether the scheme will be suitable for communities in Barnsley. Homeshare allows householders to stay independent at home for longer while providing available housing options for those in need of accommodation.

Homeshare is an arrangement between someone who needs support to continue to live in their own home (householder) and someone who has a housing need (homesharer). Residents who qualify as homesharers will offer the householder ten hours of social support a week - this could include cooking, cleaning, dog walking and gardening. Both the householder and the homesharer will be required to pay a monthly management fee to participate in the scheme.

Councillor Jenny Platts, Cabinet spokesperson for Communities, said: "The Homeshare model works well across the country and we are keen to see if there is an appetite for this scheme to work in Barnsley. I would encourage residents to find out more and let us know their thoughts.”

To find out more about how Homeshare works, visit barnsley.gov.uk/homeshare. To complete the survey, visit https://surveys.barnsley.gov.uk/s/HomeShareFeedback/ which is available until Friday 11 October.

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