Handy service helps thousands in Northumberland

Northumberland Handyperson service celebrates the completion of 12,500 jobs.
Northumberland Handyperson service celebrates the completion of 12,500 jobs.

A not-for-profit housing provider’s repair service has completed more than 12,500 jobs in the last 12 months, as part of £4million-worth of home improvements across the North East.

Four Housing’s Care & Repair Handyperson service is focused on improving the safety of vulnerable people across Northumberland, including those who are aged over 60, disabled or at high risk of falling.

Jobs completed by the team of handypersons can range from putting shelves up and mending leaking taps through to minor adaptations recommended by occupational therapists, such as fitting key safes or grab rails at front doors or in the bathroom.

Joyce Crouth, a resident who has used the service, said: “I was a very independent person until I was diagnosed with osteoporosis and a balance problem. The Handyperson Service is absolutely fantastic. Small things like having someone help to hang curtains and change lamp shades can make a big difference and I’d like to thank the handyperson that came round to my home.”

Philippa Hughes, head of business development at the service, said: “Our Handyperson Service is designed to help improve people’s lives and promote independent living and we are delighted that residents across Northumberland are making use of our service in large numbers.

“The service allows us to make life safer, simpler and more enjoyable for vulnerable customers. Our team across the North East has completed more than 30,000 jobs over the last twelve months. These jobs have an estimated social value of £20million, as they help to reduce hospital discharge times, limit the burden on health and social care budgets and give people the chance to live independently.”