Frequently asked questions..

Homeshare is a way of helping Isle of Man residents to help each other. In a Homeshare, someone who needs a small amount of help to live independently in their own home (Householder) is matched with someone who has an accommodation need and can provide friendship, companionship and some help around the home (Homesharer).

In return for friendship, companionship and a few hours a week of help around the home, the Householder provides a room and shared facilities rent-free to the Homesharer.

If you are interested in Homesharing in the Isle of Man, please contact Island Home Share directly by email to admin@islandhomeshare.im, via our Facebook page or by telephone on (07624) 466933.

An Island Home Share co-ordinator will be in touch to arrange an interview and assessment. In order for the co-ordinator to find the best match for you, they need to get to know you.

Island Home Share will take references, facilitate a basic DBS check, assess your property for suitability and then offer you a selection of potential Homesharers for you to consider.

After you have been matched with a Homesharer, an introductory meeting will be arranged with the co-ordinator present. You or the potential Homesharer may also like to have a friend or family member present at this time. If the introduction is a success, a co-ordinator will support you and the Homesharer to produce a voluntary agreement. This will detail your responsibilities to each other and specify an “end date” for your match (this can always be extended later).

You may then want to have a trial period with the Homesharer. This is generally between 2 and 4 weeks.

You will have regular contact (a mix of face to face, phone calls, email, online messaging) with your co-ordinator during the life of your Homeshare agreement. This allows your co-ordinator to monitor and support the progress of your arrangement and ensure that both you and your Homesharer are happy, well and safe.

A Homesharer does not provide any elements of personal care to the Householder. Personal care includes: bathing, medication administration, lifting and feeding. It is possible however, for a Homeshare arrangement to sit alongside a separate personal care service.

If you’re interested in Homesharing in the Isle of Man, please contact Island Home Share directly by email to admin@islandhomeshare.im, via our Facebook page or by telephone on (07624) 466933.

An Island Home Share co-ordinator will be in touch to arrange an interview and assessment. In order for the co-ordinator to find the best match for you, they need to get to know you.

Island Home Share will take references and you must hold a current standard or enhanced DBS certificate. A co-ordinator will then write up a profile for you which will be shared with potentially compatible Householders.

If a Householder selects your profile, an introductory meeting will be arranged with the co-ordinator present. You or the Householder may also have a friend or family member present at the meeting. If the introduction is a success then the co-ordinator will support you and the Householder to produce a voluntary agreement. This will detail your responsibilities to each other and specify an “end date” for your match (this can always be extended later).

You will attend a mandatory Homeshare induction session facilitated by Island Home Share, which will include information in relation to Safeguarding and Health & Safety in the home before any voluntary agreement can be entered into.

You may then want to have a trial period with the Householder. This is generally between 2 and 4 weeks.

You will have regular contact (a mix of face to face, phone calls, email, online messaging) with your co-ordinator during the the life of your Homeshare agreement. This allows your co-ordinator to monitor and support the progress of your arrangement and ensure that both you and your Homesharer are happy, well and safe.

Homeshare agreements are flexible and tailored to the needs and abilities of the parties involved.

Agreed Homesharer responsibilities might include:

  • Shopping
  • Gardening
  • Light housework
  • Errands
or simply providing some companionship while you share a favourite TV programme together.

The Homesharer does not pay rent to the Householder, however both parties pay a monthly fee to Island Home Share to cover the costs incurred in finding and supporting Homeshare matches. Potential Homesharers will also pay a one-off fee to Island Home Share which covers the costs of finding a match and the mandatory induction session.

The Homesharer may also pay a contribution to household bills.

A Householder will pay the equivalent of approximately £5 per day to Island Home Share during the lifetime of the Homeshare agreement. The Homesharer will pay the equivalent of approximately £7 per day. These costs represent a significant saving on accommodation and similar domestic help and will ensure that an Island Home Share co-ordinator is available to provide an on-call and monitoring service to both parties.

Homesharing increases social interaction for both parties, it enables Householders to keep their independence and provides they and their families with a sense of security and provides Homesharers with low cost, sociable and safe accommodation.

Island Home Share co-ordinators are dedicated and experienced local professionals who have a passion for safe, successful Homesharing.

The co-ordinators work hard to understand the needs, skills and goals of Householders and Homesharers so they can identify the best possible matches and provide appropriate support to both parties throughout the lifetime of the Homeshare agreement.

The average Homeshare match length is nine months – the longest known match has been active for 5 years!

Couples can Homeshare as either Householders or Homesharers.

Island Home Share co-ordinators are there to provide support if something goes wrong. Sometimes a little assistance from a co-ordinator in communicating expectations or concerns is all that it takes to get a match back on track.

There is normally a notice period of a month for anyone wanting to end their Homeshare arrangement prematurely. However, in certain instances there may be no notice period and the agreement may be terminated immediately.