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Help For Older and Vunerable People in Ryedale


12:56pm 5th June 2014

White Rose Home Improvement Agency (HIA) is celebrating being awarded a new three-year contract with North Yorkshire County Council so that it can continue to help older and vulnerable residents live independently in their own homes across the Borough of Scarborough and Ryedale.

White Rose HIA is a non-profit making partnership between Scarborough Borough Council and Ryedale District Council, which provides practical support and advice to enable people to remain independent in their own homes.

Speaking about the new contract, White Rose HIA Manager Lynn Williams said:

“People may have previously used Handyperson services operated by Broadacres and Age UK across the Borough of Scarborough and Ryedale; these services are now being operated by White Rose HIA.  As part of the new contract we have retained the existing handypersons, Dave Rainton, Dave Parnaby and Gary Wright, so we’re hoping these familiar faces will give our customers peace of mind and confidence in the service we provide.”

The Handyperson service can carry out minor adaptations and small repairs jobs, usually lasting less than three hours, such as fitting shelves, smoke alarms, changing light bulbs, hanging pictures and many other items or small repairs.

Works cost £15 per hour, plus the cost of any materials, however some works may be free of charge.  Anyone interested in the service can call 01723 232527 and staff will be happy to assist.

White Rose HIA also offers a free home based Well Being Service assessment that looks at factors like personal safety, including aids and adaptations that can assist with independence, improving a home’s security and fire safety, benefits awareness, energy efficiency and identifying social and recreational activities to combat isolation and loneliness.  Anyone wanting more information on this service should contact the agency.

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