Help is at hand from Bolton Care and Repair 

15/09/09

The Bolton Care and Repair partnership is expanding its handyperson service to assist people with odd jobs and repairs to their home.

The team offer impartial advice and support to older householders who need to improve or adapt their homes, to make them more suitable for their needs.

The partnership includes experts who can help with major work such as sorting out issues with central heating or damp problems, and now with the handyperson, they can also deal with smaller jobs.

The new handyperson can help with odd jobs around the home, whether it’s window and door repairs, guttering work, or minor plumbing work. As long as a job needs less than five hours to complete, then the handyperson will do it.

The handyperson service is completely free to residents who are more than 60 years old and on an eligible benefit. People who are more than 60 years old, but not on an eligible benefit can access the service at a subsidised rate of £10 an hour.

The team will also assist people living in rented properties providing the work you need doing is not the responsibility of your landlord.

Councillor Nick Peel, Executive Member for Housing, Neighbourhoods and Regulations, said: “The team provide a great service for those people in society who need it most, and their work is to be applauded.”

Councillor Elaine Sherrington, Executive Member for Adult Services, said: “By helping around the house, members of the Care and Repair partnership can make a real difference to the lives of many of Bolton’s older residents.”

Bolton Care and Repair is a partnership of organisations working in Bolton to assist homeowners or tenants who are older, to repair, improve, maintain or adapt their home. Partners include Age Concern, Bolton Council, Bolton at Home, Bolton NHS and more.
 
The primary focus of Bolton Care and Repair is to help older people maintain their independence, and in support of this objective they can provide a range of services depending on individual needs and circumstances.

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Media contact
George Wright
01204 331023
Further details
Bolton Care and Repair Team
01204 335679