We start this year with an admission. We are baffled. The reason?
Well, January got off to a flying start in the world of HomeShare, with a delightful BBC Radio 4 interview www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-politics-42438530/homesharing-we-get-on-like-a-house-on-fire.
Now this features a dear lady in her 90s sharing very happily with a younger woman aged 27. The response to the interview has been amazing. In fact, enquiries to the HomeShare UK national site have increased tenfold, such is the level of interest stimulated by the interview.
And here's why we are baffled. Our colleagues, elsewhere, have been inundated with enquiries, but separated from them as we are by that strip of water, as yet we've had not a sausage!!
Is it just that other areas have high student populations (a ready market of energetic younger people happy to reduce their considerable costs with the trade-off of help for accommodation which is made possible by home sharing), or is there some untapped Isle of Wight factor at play?
If anyone thinks they have the answer, we'd love to hear - as would the householders and sharer applicants we have waiting for a match. DC
Like all things about HomeShare Isle of Wight this is a two-handed venture. We Co-ordinators, Lorraine Lord and Diane Coppell, will be dropping in with random musings, sharing our thoughts about the scheme and responding to some of yours...