Tuesday, 09 December 2014 11:05

Care & Repair

Care & Repair 

Helping hands for the over 65s

It’s a bright winter’s day in the glens of North Leitrim and Michael Mc Morrow is tidying a garden. “My mother loves to see Mickey coming” says Alice O’Hagan’s daughter, Lorna. “He brings his own equipment and always does a great job”. She continues “My mother will be ninety-nine on the 6th January”.

“Care & Repair” is a community handyman and befriending initiative for people over sixty-five years of age, living in North Leitrim and West Cavan, who do not have anybody to help them with a small household job that needs doing in their home or garden.

The project uses a mixture of local volunteers and employment scheme participants to go into people’s homes to undertake small jobs. All our volunteers and staff have been Garda vetted and have a photographic identification badge, which older people should ask to see before admitting them into their homes.  The handymen are available to undertake any minor household job that takes under two hours, such as changing a light bulb, putting up safety rails, minor painting and light gardening. This service is not designed to take work away from qualified trades’ people; it is only for minor jobs, so if the job takes over two hours our staff can recommend a reliable, local tradesperson to do the job for you.

The “Care & Repair” programme is an Age Action franchise and it is delivered in North Leitrim by Leitrim Development Company. The service is free, although donations are welcomed in order to sustain the project and its equipment.

If you would be interested in using this service or you would like to become a volunteer, please contact Juliette on 071 9648013. You can also find information about the project on our “Care & Repair” Facebook page and Twitter.

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