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Yorkshire Housing launch free handyperson service for Rotherham residents

Yorkshire Housing’s award-winning Home Improvement Agency (HIA) has launched a new free handyperson service to help older residents in Rotherham continue to live at home independently, safely and comfortably.

The new contract with Rotherham Borough Council will mean that older persons,  people with disabilities, life long limiting illness or those who are vulnerable, for example if they have been a victim of crime, will be entitled to an hour of free labour from the handyperson service.

To mark the launch new contract and the free service Rotherham Council’s Advisory Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Cllr David Roche visited HIA offices.

The handyperson service carries out small repairs and fits minor adaptations such as grab rails. The Home Improvement Agency also offers free energy efficiency and home safety advice, and support with funding applications for larger home adaptations.

Rotherham Council’s Advisory Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Cllr David Roche said: “The handy person service can help with a wide variety of small jobs around the home; tasks which those in need would otherwise struggle to get done, and which can lead to frustration and stress.

“We are particularly pleased that we can offer each person an hour of this service for free, helping to ease a vulnerable person’s worries. We are very much looking forward to working with Yorkshire Housing in the coming year.” 

Senior home improvement agency manager Kate Haley said: “Our service is all about making sure people can live independently without home safety or security hazards getting in the way.

“We’re really pleased to be working in partnership with Rotherham Borough Council to offer an hour of free labour. We have a 99 per cent customer satisfaction rating and all our handy people are specially trained to support older and vulnerable people.

 “We find that making small changes can often have a big impact on people’s lives– for example fitting a couple of grab rails and securing some loose carpet can make a real difference.”

Yorkshire Housing’s Home Improvement Agency’s handyperson service was recently commended at the HIA and HP Awards.

Further information about the Rotherham Home Improvement agency can be found at or by calling 0114 256 4270.

The HIA also offers service in Barnsley and Sheffield and in North Yorkshire.


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