Broadening Choices for Older People

The Handy Person Service

BCOP have run this very successful and popular Handy Person Service in South Birmingham for 6 years now and it offers a free small repairs service to the over 50's, regardless of tenure or benefits. It carries out small jobs such as cleaning gutttering, hanging curtains, plumbing/carpentry and electrical jobs, changing lightbulbs, moving furniture, fittingsecurity lights etc. There is no other Service like this in Birmingham.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1074954)

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy

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  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
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Our Handyperson Service is extremely popular and assists thousands of elderly people each year. There are many benefits to the Service, including, enables older people to stay in their own homes for longer, promotes independence and well being, stops older people been financially exploited, puts a stop to the worry and anxiety caused by trying to find a reliable Handy Person from the ‘Yellow Pages’, prevents falls and accidents – through fittings of rails/ramps etc, enables patients to be discharged earlier from hospitals, gives elderly people confidence and peace of mind, the falls prevention provisions (handrails, ramps, grab rails, etc.) that the Handyperson Service provides also offer some psychological, as well as physical, support. The result of this is that some individuals will be less frightened of falling in their homes, resulting in a positive impact on their lives. There is no charge for the labour - the only expenditure incurred by the service user is the cost of materials. A unique selling point of our Service is that the majority of people that are referred to us receive a visit from the Charitable Services Manager, who not only assesses the job, but can offer advice, signposting suggestions, apply for and provide grants to people in financial difficulty or simply sit and have a chat. The total amount of funding we currently receive is £36,050 per year (jointly). The cost of the project per year is £90,000 (approx) per year.

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