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Handyperson service in Wakefield celebrates helping over 30,000 people

Handyperson service in Wakefield celebrates helping over 30,000 people

Together Housing Group is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its handyperson scheme in Wakefield, enabling elderly, disabled and vulnerable people to maintain their independence for longer.

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The free service, funded by Wakefield Council and run by Together Housing’s Care and Repair team, was established in 2004 to help elderly or disabled home owners and tenants in Wakefield by carrying out small repairs and minor adaptations.

Aimed at those who are at risk of being admitted to hospital or care, the service can provide and install 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.

Over the past 15 years, the service has supported over 30,000 customers, helping to ease the burden on an overstretched NHS.

Andrew Lymer, Adaptations Coordinator at Together Housing Group, said: “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.

“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.”

As well as the handyperson service, the Care and Repair team also run the Wakefield Home Improvement Agency, funded by Wakefield Council. This provides support to anybody who wants to self-fund or seek interest-free loans or grant funding for adaptations or essential property repairs. Offering impartial advice on the extent of works needed and choice of contractor, the team helps to guide residents through the process of adapting their home or making essential repairs. Examples include; level access showers, ground floor extensions, new roofs or new heating systems.

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