Community Impact Bucks has launched a free ‘Handy Helper’ project to give support to the vulnerable and isolated in their homes.

The service is a household maintenance scheme to help people with odd jobs and small repairs that they are unable to do themselves.

The scheme is targeted at vulnerable and isolated Bucks residents who are 65+ and infirm or living with a disability.

By minimizing hazards in the home, alleviating the stress that this causes and providing the opportunity to make social interaction – the project enables people to live safely and securely in their own homes.

Project Manager, Samantha Hardy said: “This project is unique – it combines two things which our more vulnerable residents really need; help with odd jobs around their homes and a visit from a friendly face who can give that much needed social interaction.”

The types of jobs offered by DBS-checked Community Impact Bucks staff members and volunteers include:

• Home safety and falls prevention measures

• Odd jobs e.g. replacing light bulbs, re-setting clocks/thermostats, repairing door-handles

• Outside maintenance e.g. garden clearance

• Home security measures

• DIY jobs

• Moving furniture

• Putting up/taking down Christmas decorations