What we do
Bee part of a community
Life is better when it’s experienced together.
Recognising this, we are dedicated to creating small communities and homes for like minded people who can live together to make a difference in each other’s lives. Perhaps your partner has died or you’ve retired. Whatever the reason, keeping in contact with the world outside your front door can be hard to maintain. Suddenly, your memories and experiences might start to feel like they belong to a different time.
Move into a Bee Home, and people like you will be under the same roof. You can have tea and cake together. Arrange a cinema trip. Try out a new coffee shop. Or go and see that exhibition that you wanted to be able to discuss with a friend or companion. The most important thing is that whatever you do, you’ll be able to do it with friends and like-minded people.
You can talk about your memories and make some new ones as well as starting to plan new trips and adventures. That’s because moving into a Bee Home isn’t the start of the last chapter, but the beginning of a whole new book. We think life has lots more in store for you, so why not meet the new friends you can experience it with – together?
The Facts & Figures
Humans are social creatures.
Take us away from society and something is lost.
Despite this, many people are finding that society can be difficult to play an active part in. There are an estimated 3.9 million people in this country over 65 for whom their main company is the television. Around 17% of older people are in contact with family, friends or neighbours less than once a week. An amazing 11% are in contact with them less than once a month.
Here are some more statistics:
• Over half of people aged 75 and over live alone
• Over 60% of adults aged 52 or over who have been widowed and 51% of this group who are separated or divorced say they feel lonely sometimes or often
• Between 2008 and 2033, there will be a 44% increase in the number of 65-74 year olds who find themselves living alone
• Loneliness increases the risk of depression
• The risk of developing dementia more than doubles in people experiencing loneliness
From these statistics, we can tell that living in community reduces loneliness, lowers the risk of depression and cuts the risk of developing Alzheimers. Bee In Company aims to make sure that being in society becomes part of your life
How it works
Each Bee home will be specifically designed to encourage communal living.
There will be a housekeeper to take care of the domestic chores like cooking and cleaning. They will also able to drive you to appointments and trips. Everyone has their own room with their own furniture and possessions arranged just how they like it. The rest of the house is all shared space, just like in a family home.
We think this is the best way for you to keep your independence while making sure that you feel able to take part in the life of your community. There are no mandatory activities and nobody who will make you take part in something you don’t want to do.
Instead, there will be friends who are just like you. People who want to go to new places and have new experiences, but people who want to do it on their own terms and then go back to the companionship of a shared home where there’s always a light on and someone to have a cup of tea and a chat with.
This is the Bee In Company experience. We’d like you to be part of it.
Currently we’re looking to open Bee homes in London and the Midlands areas. Do talk to us if you have an area in mind.
We are guided by one, simple principle.
Everyone should have people to share their life with.
That’s why we set up Bee In Company. Taking a bee hive as our model, a community in which every member has something to contribute, we aim to be a commercially viable organisation which brings people together in community. Just like a bustling, busy hive, we want to help people live fulfilling and enjoyable lives into their retirement.
How that unfolds once you’re living in a Bee in Company community is entirely up to you. Everyone can do as little or as much as they want, choosing to socialise entirely on their own terms. That’s because we think that the best person to make decisions about you… is you.
We create the space for elders to leave loneliness behind, and joyfully live a life fulfilled, happy in the company of like minded people.
Heena Thaker grew up in India in a large house that was home to 27 different family members at various times. She moved to the UK when she was eight and settled in Liverpool, later qualifying as an optometrist and founding two thriving practices.
The nature of her work brought her into contact with more and more older people. When she talked to them, she noticed that a common theme often emerged. Many were sad, lonely and disconnected from life around them having lost contact with friends and having busy families who struggled to spend as much time with them as they’d like. They seemed adrift.
This made Heena think about her own experiences. The warmth of her Indian family in two countries. The close familial ties that bound people together in Liverpool.
In time, she came to realise that she could combine the two.
Creating families for those people who had none or who found themselves alone would be her way of helping to heal the world by bringing people together.
It’s a vision that exists today in the shape of Bee In Company.
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To find out more about Bee In Company, send us a message or an email. We will never pass your details on to anyone else and can promise that there will be no hard sell. Joining any community is about building relationships and making sure you feel comfortable first. And Bee In Company is no different.
To find out more about our founder, Heena Thaker, or to book her for a speaking engagement, just fill in the contact form on this page.