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