This week, the second Homeshare service in Wales is starting; Pembrokeshire Homeshare will match people living alone who require a little extra help to continue living independently at home, with those seeking affordable accommodation in and around Pembrokeshire, Wales.
The programme aims to tackle key issues in society such as loneliness and isolation as well as the housing crisis. In Pembrokeshire 26.17% of the population are over the age of 65 (Welsh Government Stats 2020) and across Wales, 54% of people aged 60-74 and 49% of people 75+ years, said they felt lonely sometimes (ONS). Younger people are being priced out of the villages, towns, and cities they want to live in, for work or study. Latest figures again show that the average age at which people can leave home even to rent is rising along with the proportion of income spent on housing. Many people in mid and later life are also finding themselves without affordable housing options after the impact of the pandemic.
Homeshare UK and Pembrokeshire Homeshare, part of Pembrokeshire Care Society are launching the second Welsh pilot programme to offer more people the opportunity to live sociably and affordably whatever their age.
Dean Flood from Pembrokeshire Care Society says:
“Throughout my working life I’ve engaged with older people who have so much to give and who provide great service to their communities. They are independent, sociable and non-reliant on social care services. Sadly, many struggle because they’re on their own. Their lives however could improve so much, just by having that bit of support and companionship that everyone needs and deserves.”