by W Wilhelmina Ford
ShareAbode offers a strategic solution to the challenges that single parent families currently face: high cost housing, increasing living expenses, challenges getting practical everyday support and high levels of social isolation.
My name is Wilhelmina and I’m the Founder of ShareAbode and a single mum. I’ve done the hard yards and know about the challenges. I created the ShareAbode concept at the end of 2018 as a solution oriented free online platform for single parents to connect with one another for the purpose of home sharing.
ShareAbode is based on the principle that two single parents raising children together can share resources, rent and living expenses and achieve more than one single parent can by going it alone. Importantly, having two single parents sharing a house together provides valuable social support, greater emotional stability and reduces the fatigue and depression for themselves and their children in challenging times.
– ShareAbode currently caters for up to 6,000 single parents within Australia and is growing at around 5 – 10 users per week
– ShareAbode has connected approximately 125 single parent families together that we know of in the last 1.5 years
– ShareAbode has over 5000 followers across Instagram and Facebook
– ShareAbode has an active private members group of 636 members
– ShareAbode currently has 110 active Home-Seeker listings and 22 Home-Sharer listings
Our goal is to extend our reach and help many more single parent families to access safe and affordable housing.
We plan to do this by:
· Upgrading our website to allow new features and greater user experience
· Monetising ShareAbode to create a revenue stream that will help support the platform long into the future, while still allowing single parents to use this service for free
· Integrating with marketing engines including Google Ads, Facebook Pixel and Mailchimp
· Strengthening security methods to further ensure the safety of our users
· Networking and supporting similar models in other countries to help tackle homelessness, poverty and social isolation globally
Your support will allow us to upgrade our platform and business model so we can continue to connect families long into the future.
Our current platform urgently needs upgrading to ensure viability into the future and our ability to fulfil our mission. It has outdated add-on’s, limited user numbers and functionality. Highly frustrating to use, very manual and zero automation. The outdated add-on’s mean that it is being “held by band aids” and could collapse at any moment. ShareAbode requires a custom-built solution that solves the above so it can continue to service its thousands of single parents, plus the hundreds of thousands yet to discover us, locally or globally.
· Share our campaign on social media or with friends
If you know anyone who would be particularly interested or who could help us out, send it through to them directly!
· Get onto ShareAbode!
If you are a single parent and our story has resonated with you, sign up and help us grow our user base personally!
· Suggest ShareAbode to family and friends
Just as sharing our campaign will help us reach our goal, raising awareness about our platform and increasing the amount of users accessing the service will help us connect more families. If you know a single parent who could benefit from home sharing, let them know about ShareAbode!
~ The 2016 Census: 959,000 single parent families
~ 15% of all households had a single parent as head of the household
~ 2019 Specialist Homelessness Service (SHS): 95,700 of 290,300 clients (1 in 3) were homeless single parents
~ 1 in 6 were children under the age of 10 (17% or 48,900 clients) and 1 in 10 were children and youth aged 10 – 17 (13% or 36,900)
~ 2019 White Ribbon Australia: domestic violence clients 116,400 (76.2% women)
~ 1 woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner
~ Violence against women costs the economy $22 billion a year
ShareAbode has also crafted some unique rewards for you! Check them out and jump on board to help us raise much-needed funds.
Have your say and get early access to BETA testing of ShareAbode and be part of the way ShareAbode is designed and how it functions.
Get recognition of your contribution on the final platform contributors page, plus a personal thank you email.
Get a premium listing on our new platform. As a single parent or as a business you will be highlighted in the search results, top of the page for 60 days.
Get recognition of your contribution on the final platform contributors page, a personal thank you email and fortnightly email updates about the progress of ShareAbode.
Grab an online blog spot with Nurture Parenting Magazine. Created by mums for mums and distributed on a bi-monthly basis, with an online readership of 80,000.
Get recognition of your contribution on the final platform contributors page, a personal thank you email, fortnightly updates via email on the progress of how ShareAbode is coming along plus a social shout out on our social channels, totalling 5K
20-minute coaching (zoom) call with Adam Hudson, serial entrepreneur who has built, maintained and sold multi-million dollar companies. He is the Co-Founder of Reliable Education – a platform that teaches and guides individuals on how to create a business on Amazon. Adam will answer your questions on entrepreneurship, self-care and improvements, and how improve your craft for business. www.reliable.education
You can make such a profound difference to the future lives of single parents and their children.