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Howzahelpa: Free rent? Sounds too good to be true!

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Dec 2017

Howzahelpa: Free rent? Sounds too good to be true!

Living rent free would make a huge difference to most cash strapped students. Work exchange programmes are not yet as popular in the UK as other countries but worth looking into for students struggling on a low budget. The work that the homeowner demands is usually simple. Think of it as living with your parents but instead it’s a stranger and you’re helping to do...

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Pudsey bear cushion

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Nov 2017

Emergency mum kit

We have just had Children in Need Day. A wonderful cause. So many children are absolutely, desperately in need of help for 100’s of different reasons. But going in to the politics of the whys and wherefores of why we have to raise money through charitable giving every year, is not the main theme of this blog. I hurriedly painted spots onto a spare cheap...

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How to find your Helpa safely?

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Oct 2017

How to find your Helpa safely?

You’ve pondered, mulled, deliberated and finally you’ve decided you want to offer your spare room to somebody in return for some help at home.  It’s a big decision if it is going to be a new experience for you.  Sharing a home with somebody new can seem very daunting at first. A Howzahelpa relationship can have so many benefits for both parties.  It can enable...

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Making more space in your home.

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Oct 2017

Making more space in your home.

Bring on the Clutter Buster Most of us have more stuff than we need. We have belongings we rarely use, clothes we will slim back into, broken gadgets we will never fix and old books, CD’s and papers that we’d forgotten we’d even hung on to. Memories are packed away in our loft spaces, our under stairs cupboards and our spare rooms. Good intentions and...

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Sharing Community: Food

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Sep 2017

Sharing Community: Food

The sharing community in the UK reaches many parts of everyday life. People don’t only share their home like our Howzas but also cars, clothes and food. Many of these opportunities are available because of the internet and handy little apps and websites allowing those who have spare resources to share to get in touch with individuals in need of help. On OLIO people can...

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Living at home whilst studying

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Sep 2017

Living at home whilst studying

  The cost of living for students rises continuously. Rents are nearly twice as high as they were just a few years ago and even cheaper, university provided alternatives exceed the loans meant to pay for them, forcing students to take part-time jobs or ask for support from their parents.  As the number of students increases it becomes harder and harder to find affordable apartments...

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rent free, tiny house, low cost living,

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Aug 2017

Trying to shrink your rent?

Browsing the internet one comes across the most peculiar ways of living. People can be incredibly creative when it comes to saving money. The so called ‘generation rent’ shows to be extremely inventive when it comes to alternative and cheaper ways of life. You might consider converting your van into a permanent home, building an illegal hut in the woods or making a shipping container...

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Celine’s experience of being a Helpa

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Aug 2017

Celine’s experience of being a Helpa

  My decision three years ago to go and live with a family in England, look after their kids and help them around the house, still has a ginormous impact on my life after all this time. I went on to study English (because you never want to lose this kind of accent) and education. My choices of both subjects were greatly influenced by the...

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Howza what?

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Mar 2017

Howza what?

How did we come up with the name, Howzahelpa? If you, like me, were ever in a band as a teen, then you will remember the long, long nights, and hours of blurting out random words and trying to think up the coolest name for your amazing band that along with your obvious musical talent, would help to catapult you up through the charts because...

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Becoming a mother in the 1970s

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Mar 2017

Becoming a mother in the 1970s

Howzahelpa is all about helping in a domestic setting. We’re about bringing people together to assist each other with something that they need. There are many times in our lives when we suddenly find ourselves, struggling with the simple day today tasks that we barely even thought about before, and one of those times, is becoming a parent. For new mums especially, everything changes, massively....

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