Wanted – people to join new Leeds home share scheme

A call is going out for people to join a house sharing scheme which brings young and older people together. By helping older people stay independent in their home for longer and offering accommodation to young people Leeds City Council’s Homeshare scheme matches someone younger looking for an affordable place to live with someone older who has a spare room and who would benefit from help or companionship at home.

Launched in Leeds in 2016, people who joined the scheme in the city are now seeing the benefits.

Councillor Rebecca Charlwood, Leeds City Council Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Adults said:

“Research from the Centre for Ageing Better confirms that home is where most people want to be, with 80% of homeowners aged 65 and over wishing to stay where they are. The Homeshare scheme offers an innovative way of doing this – bringing old and young together in a way which benefits both.

“We welcome applications from people interested in the scheme – especially householders – so if you are a person with a spare room, or a young person looking for somewhere to live, please consider Homeshare. It might be right up your street!”

Jon Keating and Margaret Marshall, who have a 71 year age gap between them, were matched thanks to the scheme and now enjoy sharing accommodation with each other. They live in a large house in Roundhay and epitomise how Homeshare benefits sharers by bringing different generations together.

Margaret, 98, is a very dynamic lady, she is well known in the area thanks to the big parties her sons used to have in their large cellar. She was given her first car by her Dad when she was 18, when it was unusual for women to drive. She drove ambulances during the war and her husband never learned to drive as he said she was his chauffeur. After delivering meals on wheels for the WRVS for 25 years, she only stopped when she was 70, she was presented with a medal for volunteering by the Queen Mother at St James Palace.

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