The council’s You@Home team has introduced the service to help anyone over the age of 16 who finds the pressure of maintaining their home difficult on account of disability, life experience or illness.

The handymen will be capable of carrying out a wide variety of jobs which are necessary for safety reasons or to stop someone from being evicted.

The kind of jobs the handymen will tackle include:
∑ Checking the safety of electrical equipment
∑ Replacing fuses
∑ Fixing blinds, curtain rails, drawer handles and loose carpets
∑ Repairing skirting boards, doors and shelving
∑ Installing safety and security items
∑ Replacing light bulbs
∑ Unblocking sinks and toilets
∑ Replacing broken window panes

“We can also offer a home safety assessment – and if this highlights any work which
needs doing, we may be able to carry out some of the work ourselves,” said Cllr Olwyn Barnett, cabinet member for social care adults and health

The scheme is open to people who own their homes and people who live in rented accommodation.

If the Handyperson Scheme cannot carry out any requested work, they will be able to point people in the right direction.

“All home visits will be confirmed in advance by letter or telephone and the handyperson will leave a record of the work which has been undertaken,” said Richard Gabb, the council’s head of strategic housing services.

“The only thing people will have to pay for is the cost of materials – alternatively, they can provide their own,” he added.

Anyone who thinks they could benefit from the Handyperson scheme should contact the You@Home team on 01432 260757, or via e-mail: yah@herefordshire.gov.uk.