This year’s winners of the national Home Improvement Agency and Handyperson Service Awards have been announced at a ceremony in the House of Lords.
Organised by Foundations and sponsored by AKW, the annual awards recognise the efforts of England’s 200-strong HIA sector to offer a wide range of home support to disabled and older vulnerable people on low incomes.
HIAs enable people to live independently in their own homes by providing everything from adaptations to specialised support for people with long-term conditions such as dementia.
Among the winners and commended entries were HIAs based within local authorities, housing associations and independent charities.
Homelife Carlisle’s work with Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT) to deliver emergency support to those worst affected by the winter flooding in Cumbria made it a worthy winner of the FILT Delivery Partner of the Year award. Based at Carlisle City Council, the HIA played a key role in utilising the FILT Floods Fund to help people get back on track, by visiting those affected and then carrying out a range of work from drying out properties to fixing boilers and ensuring houses are warm and safe to live in. The holistic approach taken by Homelife Carlisle meant many other issues, such as debt problems and health worries, were also flagged up and householders referred to relevant support.
Read more on the Foundations website.