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Share interests and find companionship locally

The Enliven HomeShare service brings older people with shared interests together in the comfort of a host’s private home or suitable community facility.

Small groups get together for 4-6 hours at a time to share a home-cooked meal and conversation, and to undertake activities decided on by the group. The service enables older people, who may be lonely and/or isolated, to socialise within their own communities. HomeShare is available in urban and rural locations.

Our HomeShare hosts are fully trained to support the needs of older people, in particular, those who may have special needs relating to memory loss. They also receive regular support from their HomeShare Service Coordinator.


Who is this for?

  • Any person aged 60 years or older, who is feeling lonely or isolated from their communities and either cannot access day programme facilities or someone who would prefer a small group setting
  • Older people/kaumātua with special needs related to memory loss who prefers to social in a small group

How HomeShare can help

  • Personalised, small group companionship in a private home
  • Socialise with others with shared interests
  • Take up old hobbies such as carpentry, craft, chess with others who share your passion
  • Share a nutritious home-cooked meal and feel motivated to remain in good health
  • Limited transport to and from the home is available for a small charge in some locations
  • Visits last between four and six hours

Referrals and funding

HomeShare is offered for a small Koha (donation) unless clients have no means to pay. Koha over $5 are tax deductible.

Referrals are essential.

More information

HomeShare is available in these locations:

  • Christchurch/Ōtautahi
  • Selwyn
  • North Canterbury: Rangiora/Hurunui
  • Mid Canterbury: Ashburton/Hakatere
  • Marlborough: Blenheim/Waiharakeke
  • West Coast: Greymouth/Māwhere

If you would like to know more about this service contact us today and one of our team will be able to assist you.

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