A housing association in Wakefield is celebrating 15 years of its handyman service helping over 30,000 elderly, disabled and vulnerable people to stay at home for longer.
The free service is provided by Together Housing Group’s (THG) Care & Repair Team, and is funded by Wakefield Council. It was established in 2004 to help elderly or disabled homeowners and tenants by carrying out small repairs and minor adaptations.
Aimed at those who are at risk of being admitted to hospital or care, the service provides and installs a wide variety of items to make homes safer and more secure and reduce the risk of falls. Examples include fitting grab rails, key safes, door chains, window locks, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
“We work closely with hospitals, social work teams, health professionals and the voluntary sector by helping to reduce hospital admissions and facilitate hospital discharge, as well as installing falls prevention items,” said Andrew Lymer, THG’s adaptations coordinator.
“Some things that most people take for granted can be a real struggle for others. We offer a lifeline to some of the most vulnerable members of the community, helping them to live independently, safely and comfortably in their own homes for longer.”
Main Image: Members of Together Housing’s Care & Repair team celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Handyperson Service with a charity bake sale.