Charity launches a handy service

A COUNTYWIDE handyman and gardening service will be officially launched this week.

The Age UK Northumberland service has been building steadily since July, but will be formally opened tomorrow by Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery.

The scheme aims to offer quality workmanship and value for money to enable customers to feel safe and be able to report a number of jobs to a single contact.

Services offered include painting, window cleaning, high pressure cleaning, laying of patios, drain unblocking, path clearance, basic home security, lawn mowing, erecting fencing, changing lightbulbs and assembling flat-pack furniture.

Age UK Northumberland Day Services Development Manager Elizabeth Simpson said: “We are very excited about the prospects for our handyman and gardening service.

“Feedback we have received so far in the few months that it has been operating has been excellent.

“Customers like the idea of getting a service from a well-respected name that they can trust and from staff who they know have been fully trained and checked.

“So often these days you hear of people being conned by so-called handymen who turn up at their door and it is especially important for older people to be aware of the dangers of letting strangers into their homes.

“Our handyman and gardening service is available to any residents of Northumberland, not just older people, but the service has been designed with the needs and safety of older people in mind and offers a trusted service at value for money prices.”

For more information, or to arrange a quote for work, call 0845 140 0088, or email