Event date: 03/05/2017
News date: 21 Apr
Whatever you want to do, concerns you have or support you need, there are a wealth of organisations and charities that can help. Have a look at what's available here.
Items such as raised toilet seats, bath boards and seats, walking frames, and grab rails can make a real difference to your safety and independence.
Keeping your home well maintained can sometimes be difficult, particularly if you have health problems or are short of money. But a well-maintained home can help you to stay in better health and to avoid accidents.
If you're struggling to keep up with jobs that need doing around the home and garden, you may be able to get help with small DIY jobs and decorating from local voluntary organisations.
Other organisations offer help to residents in both public and private housing with smaller home maintenance jobs, such as gardening or sorting paperwork. There is not usually a cost, but donations are always welcome. This type of assistance is offered on an occasional basis and is provided by volunteers.
Age UK operates handyperson services in over 80% of the country. These services offer older people extra help with small practical jobs to make their lives life easier and safer around the home.
Or you can contact your local Age UK service:
The handyperson service in Kensington and Chelsea is provided by Age UK. The criteria for using the service is detailed on the Age UK website.
Staying First offers a small repairs service which helps out with those tricky jobs which really matter. They carry out over 2,000 small repairs each year, every one of them making life easier for someone.The service has helped people who may not be in a position to do the work themselves. Clients must be over 60 or vulnerable, and living in Westminster. Referrals to the service will be accepted from health and local authority professionals. Self-referrals are also accepted.Service users should expect to pay a small charge for this subsidised service.For more details on what jobs they can do, how the payment arrangements work, and how to get in touch check the Staying First leaflet.
Westminster's Home Improvement Agency offer a handyman service to people over the age of 60, or those under 60 and on a disability benefit.The handyman service can assist with tasks such as household repairs, replacing lightbulbs, putting up shelves, fitting locks and installing grab rails.Have a look at their leaflet for more details.
Creighton House's Small Jobs Scheme can provide a skilled carpenter to carry out jobs such as putting up shelves, building flat pack furniture and fitting doors. The cost is £40 per hour plus the price of materials. A discount can be offered to people on benefits who are over the age of 65 or have a disability
The Healthier Homes Project supports residents of Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham who live in homes where there are problems with cold, poor insulation or damp, dangerous electrical installations, broken steps or banisters, or other issues which could pose a risk to the health of residents.They can offer information and advice, and in some cases may be able to access grants to help you to improve the condition of your home.
For older people living in Kensington and Chelsea Age UK's Garden Guardians will provide assistance to you in keeping your garden in check if it is becoming too much for you.
If you want to arrange the work yourself there are many private companies out there. Once you know what you want to have done and roughly how much you are prepared to pay you can search online or use the Yellow Pages or Which? Local websites to help you choose.
It's important to choose reliable tradespeople whose charges are reasonable. The following websites allow you to look for tradespeople near you and read reviews from previous customers, so that you can find out what other people think about the quality of the work and service:
If the tradesperson you want to use doesn't have reviews online, you can ask them to provide testimonials from previous customers so you know they will do a good job.
There are always a few tradespeople out there who try to take advantage of their customers or fail to provide an adequate service; before you make a final decision on whom to use you may want to look at our page on Scams, rogue traders and bogus callers.
The Independent Age website provides a guide called How to pay for the maintenance of your home (guide no 29).
The British Heart Foundation will collect furniture and electrical items for free if they are in a good condition; these items will then be sold to raise funds for the charity.