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Homesharing

Nominated 2021

Country: Czech Republic

Region: Implemented nationwide

Sector: Civil Society / Social Economy

Fields of action: Disability, Youth welfare, Care

Project owner: Naděje pro děti úplňku / Children of the full moon

Responsible person: Nora Nesvadbová

Website: Weblink

Challenge

People with autism, especially low-functioning autism, are often rejected by social service providers due to their demanding behaviour and high support needs. Family members are left without assistance and often provide all care for these children. In addition, the children often lack essential external stimuli and socialisation. Family caregivers also face chronic stress and exhaustion.  

Idea

Homesharing provides informal shared care for children with autism and their families. Community members are trained and assist families as “hosts” by taking care of the child with autism. The child’s family has the opportunity to rest and have free time, while the child socialises with their hosts and interact with others outside their family.

Actors

The target group are children with low-functioning autism and their families. Homesharing brings people with disabilities and the community closer together. Each family receives a “host” who helps the family by taking care of the child with autism.

Impact

Parents with a child with autism receive support and have the opportunity to relax. The child socialises with the host, develops new skills and independence. Homesharing promotes the child’s healthy development and improves the child’s behaviour and well-being.

Transfer

We share our best practices and experiences with other organizations. The programme can be used to support and care for different communities. We will spread the project and knowledge to other regions in the Czech Republic and a wider range of clients.