hutton parish council

Handy Person Service

Submitted on 02 October 2018

NEW SERVICE FOR ELDERLY AND MORE VULNERABLE RESIDENTS

Helping People live safely and independently

Older and more vulnerable residents in North Somerset are set to benefit with the launch of a new handy person service provided by North Somerset Council.

The service, which is being launched today (Monday 1 October), will carry out repairs, maintenance, improvements, adaptations and other ‘odd jobs’ to help people live safely and independently in their own homes.

It is available to anyone aged 60 or over, or who has a disability and is unable to carry out the work themselves.

The handy person service is being provided by AMS Electrical, a local company with many years of experience carrying out such work.

As well as the launch of the new service, North Somerset Council has also taken over the running of the equipment and demonstration centre based in the Motex building on Winterstoke Road, Weston-super-Mare.

The centre provides professional support, help and advice about social care, equipment needs and home adaptations. A range of equipment is available for people to ‘try before they buy’ with staff on hand to talk through the different options available, including professional help such as occupational therapy.

Cllr Dawn Payne, executive member with responsibility for adult social services, said: “I’m delighted to announce the start of our new handy person service, provided by AMS electrical.

The service will provide good quality and timely support to those who need it most. It will give residents the security of knowing they are getting a professional, trusted service which offers value for money and ultimately helps vulnerable people live safely and independently in their own homes.“ In addition to this, the equipment and demonstration centre provides early intervention and prevention services including occupational therapy and care management support, linking with our Single Point of Access service which means people will get a fuller, earlier social care service.”

To access the handy person service call 01934 520 116. The equipment centre is currently undergoing a refurbishment and is open for appointments. It will reopen fully next Wednesday (10 October), and will be open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays. You can call in to the equipment and demonstration centre at any time to have a look at what’s available and speak to staff. Find out more at 

www.n-somerset.gov.uk/handypersonservice.