Milestone for Handyperson Service

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Elizabeth Hyland receives a helping hand and bouquet of flowers from Handyperson Mike Hooley

A valuable service which supports older and disabled people in Cornwall by carrying out odd jobs has undertaken its 10,000th job.

Devon & Cornwall Housing Association’s Handyperson Service helped out Elizabeth Hyland, an 83-year-old widow from Roche, by fitting a new curtain pole and repairing some guttering at her home.

The Handyperson received £250k funding from Cornwall Council’s Supporting People programme to extend its work and support another 1650 people up until March 2011.

Customers receive support by calling the Handyperson Service using a freephone number, 0800 678 1676, to discuss the work required.

Work, which can include fixing taps, locks, windows, installing handrails, putting up shelving or even changing batteries in a smoke alarm, is charged at either £7.50 or £12.50 an hour depending on eligibility of the client.

David Davies, home improvement agency manager, said: “Completing our 10,000th job is a significant milestone, and we have lots more to offer.

“The jobs we carry out may seem small but they have a huge positive impact on our client’s quality of life.”