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Free 'handyman' service for elderly and vulnerable residents of North Somerset

Photo: North Somerset Council

Repairs, maintenance and 'odd jobs' will be carried out for people over the age of 60 or with a disability.

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 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.

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.

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