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Handy Helpers for Aylesbury Vale

29 June 2017

Community Impact Bucks has launched Handy Helpers, a new pilot project to help elderly, vulnerable and isolated residents in Aylesbury Vale.

man hanging pictureHandy Helpers aims to help older and vulnerable people live independently in their own homes for as long as possible, by tackling some of the challenges they face such as lack of social support and physical deterioration which impacts on their ability to keep up with the maintenance on their properties.  The project will help people with small tasks around their homes which they can’t or daren’t do for themselves.  It will provide a trustworthy service which offers visits and help from DBS checked volunteers. 

Handy Helpers will be delivered by local volunteers, under the guidance of a paid team leader.  Volunteers can provide the service to clients either 1-1 or as part of a group, and the project will also be offering a supported volunteering experience to those who have a disability or are otherwise disadvantaged and would find it difficult to volunteer independently.

Samantha Hardy, project manager, said, “This project is unique in that 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.  Handy Helpers is all about local community participation and volunteering and we’d love to hear from anyone who is able to give some of their time to the project.”

Tasks will be completed free of charge for eligible clients who are 60+ or disabled and in receipt of a means tested benefit and living in Aylesbury Vale.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the project, have clients who may benefit from the supported volunteering opportunities or from the Handy Helpers service directly please contact Samantha Hardy on 01844 348831 or samantha@communityimpactbucks.org.uk

Handy Helpers will run until the end of 2017 and is funded by contributions from Community Chest and Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service.  We are hopeful that further funding will be found to continue the service and roll it out to other parts of the county.

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