Our Enliven HomeShare service brings a small group of older people together in a HomeShare host’s private home for friendship, fun and laughter. A volunteer host offers their time, home and hospitality to enable these connections to happen. They provide food, organise agreed upon activities and some simple structured exercises or a walk to promote health and wellbeing.
The difference these hosts make in the lives of older people is immense. The rewards do not just benefit the people attending, but the host as well. Some of our hosts have been part of the service for many years as they find it so fulfilling ‘giving back’ to others.
It’s wonderful to visit and see the smiles and laughter erupting from the group and to see friendships formed amongst people who may have previously been socially isolated in the community. These friendships sometimes extend beyond HomeShare visits.