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We provide a ‘Prevention’ Gardening, Decorating and Handyman service.
This is a service to prevent elderly and disabled people losing their independence. 

Access to the service is through referral only by Social Services, Age Concern, Carers Centres,Community Matrons and any other recognised referral Agent.


We carry out various handyman jobs including easing doors, security measures, putting up curtain rails, moving furniture within the home, fitting energy saving light bulbs, cleaning gutters and pinning down loose carpet (to name just a few!).

The gardening service provides grass cutting, hedge and bush trimming, cutting overhanging trees, power washing any slippery paths and steps, bagging rubbish and even clearing snow from walkways in the winter.

Our decorating service provides emulsioning, glossing and in some circumstances paper hanging.  An assessment is carried out to ascertain the work required for each customer.  We also complete priority jobs for hospital discharge cases, etc. 

We have completed 575 gardening / handyman jobs and 307 decorating / handyman jobs this year (1st April 2005 - 31st March 2006).


We secured funding for 3 years through the Northern Rock Foundation to re-establish a Gardener/Handyperson service for vulnerable people who do not fit the criteria for the Prevention service and cannot afford to pay for private gardeners. 

This project started in September 2005 and is set to complete a minimum of 400 referrals by the end of year 1.  We hope to not only complete minor tasks but also make an improvement to quality of life and ensure service users are living in a safe environment. 

Again, this service is through referral only.  Individuals cannot call direct to arrange work.


We have also formed a partnership with the Tyne & Wear Fire Brigade to offer Home Fire Risk Assessments free of charge to vulnerable people living within identified risk areas.  The fire department carry out the assessments free of charge to identify potential dangers within the home.

Another initiative we are involved with is fitting low energy light bulbs working alongside the Healthy Communities Collaborative. 

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Head Office: Unit 13C, Southwick Industrial Estate, North Hylton Road, Sunderland, SR5 3TX
Registered Company No: 2959482     Registered Charity No: 1052262