New service helps turn houses into homes

Release Date: 03-Nov-2009
If you’re a council tenant and struggle to do odd jobs around your home, then KNH may be able to help.

Following the success of a pilot scheme in the Huddersfield area, the company is extending its handyperson service across Kirklees.

The handyperson will do most small “odd jobs” that are not a repair, such as putting up shelves and curtain rails, plumbing in washing machines, assembling flat pack furniture and so on.

He’ll bring all the tools he needs; all you’ll need to do is supply the materials and then sit back and put your feet up.

The service will be free of charge to
• all new tenants (within the first four weeks of their tenancy)
• all tenants who are 60 and over or less than 19 years of age
• all tenants who receive a disability benefit

According to one new tenant who took part in the pilot, the scheme is “a godsend – I don’t know what I would have done without it!”

Patricia Hilary, a tenant representative who was involved in shaping the service, agreed: “I think this is a wonderful idea, especially for people who can’t or don’t know how to do DIY or who don’t have family who can help.”

KNH Director of Neighbourhoods, Paul Buckley, said: “Our customers have been asking for this kind of service for some time now, so I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to develop it in response to their requests.

“We’ve tested the service out in Huddersfield for several months and it’s been extremely popular and successful, so we know it works and meets a need, especially for our older tenants who perhaps can’t do as much around the house as they once could.”

To make sure the service is fair to everyone, the handyperson will not be able to do large-scale decorating or jobs that take more than two hours. He also won’t be able to do jobs that require a certified technician, such as gas or electrical work.

For more information about the scheme or to make an appointment for the handyperson, please contact your neighbourhood housing team.