Handyperson Scheme

What does it do?

Our Handypersons carry out a range of small household repairs and minor adaptations such as:

Fitting window and door locks and other security items
Fitting smoke and CO2 detectors
Changing light bulbs and replacing small electrical fittings
Replacing tap washers and carrying out minor plumbing works
Fitting grabrails and handrails
Fitting keysafes and intercoms
Draughtproofingwindows and doors
Fitting phone extensions
Carrying out a range of minor repairs -please ask us for details

Some of the jobs we cannot do (but we know someone who can):

Major electrical work
Gas work requiring a Gas-Safe registered technician
Work that's high-up or at high level
Painting and decorating
Work involving heavy machinery e.g. chainsaws
Gardening

For the work we cannot do, we are able to suggest one or more local traders who can do those sorts of jobs, although we don't make recommendations. All our services will be assessed for safety on an individual basis. We will do our best to meet your individual needs and to support you in your own home so that you can be as independent as you wish. All of the Handyperson team have Disclosure & Barring Checks (formerly CRB) and are fully referenced and insured; all are paid employees of Age UK Berkshire, providing you with full confidence in our team.

Who it is for?

We ask enquirers to bear in mind that the service is intended for disabled people and to help the most vulnerable clients of Age Concern Berkshire: frail older people on limited incomes. Social Services provide us with many of the referrals for work to be done under the scheme.

Where it is available?

Local service (West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead, Wokingham, Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough).

What it costs:

If the work is not being paid for by your local council then the work is charged at £25 per hour, plus the cost of materials. Elsewhere in Berkshire, we do not have contracts with local authorities and a charge of £25 per hour is made for all the types of work that we do (see below for examples), plus the cost of materials.
If you find you genuinely cannot pay those rates, please discuss with us (0118 959 4242 handyperson@ageukberkshire.org.uk) but we are unable to offer this service free of charge.

How to access or apply for it:

For more information, or to book an appointment for work to be done, contact Marveta Hinds on 0118 959 4242

or email acb@acberk.org

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Info last updated:

24/06/2020