The Handy Helpers scheme has bene set up with funding from Buckinghamshire Council for over 65+ or below 65 and living with a disability and struggle to do practical tasks around your home. This person-centred service matches residents regarded as ‘at risk’ with a DBS-checked Handy Helper Team Leader supported by a group of volunteers or a DBS-checked Men in Sheds Handy Helper.
The Handy Helpers project enables people to live safely and securely in their own homes for longer. Funded by a grant from Buckinghamshire Council, the service can be accessed for free or on a donation basis, according to an assessment of need. Community Impact Bucks will also signpost clients to Trading Standards which holds a list of approved, qualified tradespeople.
The Handy Helpers project enables people to live safely and securely in their own homes for longer by:
- Alleviating the stress associated with the inability to deal with household tasks/repairs
- Minimising the risks and hazards in and around the home
- Providing the opportunity to make social connections
Some of the types of jobs the Handy Helpers team can do (This list is not exhaustive, but serves to illustrate some of the repairs and tasks that that they can undertake):
- Home Safety and Falls prevention actions/remedial measures to address hazards related to (falls, fire, home security & scams awareness)
- General maintenance services (repairing door/cupboard handles, replacing light bulbs, batteries, resetting clocks/thermostats)
- External maintenance (e.g. garden clearance, leaf collecting, path clearing/cleaning, painting fences/sheds)
- Removal and Disposal of small household items, green/general waste
- Home security measures (e.g. locks, wireless alarms)
- Minor adaptions (e.g. key safes, handrails)
- Do-it-yourself tasks (e.g. building flat packed furniture and putting up shelves, pictures, coat hooks etc.)
- Moving of furniture and other items (e.g. to enable a hospital bed to be put in place or to arrange a bedroom downstairs)
- Practical tasks (e.g. help with re-organising a small amount of items or paperwork)
To contact the scheme or to find out more you can call 01844 617 231 / 0300 111 1250 e-mailing email@example.com or by filling in an online referral form by clicking on this linkhttps://communityimpactbucks.org.uk/pro.../handy-helpers/..