Combating isolation homeshare technology

Intergenerational homeshare tech project
(Pending editorial review)
United Kingdom (London)
Two Generations runs a homeshare scheme matching older people in need of companionship with younger people who cannot afford the cost of accomodation and are willing to offer household support. Two Generations have come up with an innovative tech solution - an algorithm that can match householders and homesharers based on preferences - gender, culture, lifestyle, hobbies. This allows the organisation to efficiently match large numbers of older people and be able to scale up effectively across the country. The long term plans are to be able to partner with a wide number of organisations - third sector organisations, social prescribers, CCGs and allow local partners to have login details to access the matching technology and help run the scheme in their area. Not only do homeshare help combat isolation but through using the technology, it empowers older people to be able to easily discuss their own preferences and access a number of profiles of potential homesharers that they can choose from. So many older people are going for weeks and even months without speaking to another human being, so allowing them to find a friendly younger person to live with can make a huge difference - not only to emotional wellbeing but to physical health, also affected by loneliness.
Submitted by

Sam Brandman (21 November 2019)

Bio

am Brandman was inspired to found Two Generations by his Grandmother, Tilly Howard, affectionately known as "Glam". He was always in awe of how brilliant she was, doing degrees in Chemistry and Classics decades apart, overcoming cancer twice, and taking part in a Table Tennis world record at the tender age of 90. However she lived alone, and he felt sad that her brilliance wasn't shared with anyone. Sam realised many older people could share their experience, and after research decided Homeshare was the best sustainable model to help lots of people at scale. Sam has experience helping startups to grow, working as Finance Director for a company which has grown from startup to multi-million pound business in just 3 years, having previously qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG.

Project leader

Two Generations Team - CEO Sam Brandman

The homeshare journey

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