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Charity matches older people who need care with young people who need a house in Barking and Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 13:35 22 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:35 22 August 2017

Anthony and Tom eat togther and share a four bedroom house. Picture: Novus

Anthony and Tom eat togther and share a four bedroom house. Picture: Novus

Picture Novus

An innovative programme that matches up residents in need of support with those who require somewhere to live is looking for participants in Barking and Dagenham.

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The adult social care sector is in a state of crisis with London Councils predicting a financial shortfall of £300 million by 2020.

The charity Novus hopes to tackle loneliness and ease pressure on the care system by linking up elderly people, single parents and carers with caring younger people.

Phil Ashford, Novus Homeshare business development manager, said the programme is incredibly rewarding for all involved.

“Our research shows that householders that take part are more likely to stay out of social care for longer,” he said.

Felicity and Bongi cook and clean togther, Picture: Novus Felicity and Bongi cook and clean togther, Picture: Novus

“We are working with some London councils as it helps them save money on adult social care while meeting the homeowners’ needs.

“It has been a really positive thing for intergenerational relations and it is incredibly rewarding”.

Under the scheme, residents who need a little bit of extra care will offer a bedroom and house access to a caring younger person rent free.

In return, the DBS and background-checked sharer will give household support and companionship.

They must be looking to live in the area but cannot afford to rent or buy and Novus would give all participants ongoing support.

Student nurse Anthony, 23 was matched with 93-year-old Tom and they share a four bedroom house.

They eat meals together a few times a week and are “very respectful” of each other.

The biggest motivation for Tom to join the programme was to be able to live in the home he loves and at the same time keep his independence with an extra helping hand and pair or eyes.

“Homeshare has made a real difference as Anthony keeps me company,” said Tom.

Another successful pairing was made between Felicity and Bongi.

“It gives my family peace of mind as I have someone to help me with the tasks I find it difficult to do and a bit of company in the evenings,” said Felicity.

“Bongi helps me with the cooking and some light housework and is great company.”

For more information, visit novus-homeshare.org.uk

If you want to have a rewarding career helping adults who need care visit: londoncarejobs24.co.uk

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