HELP is now at hand for Morpeth residents who need support with household jobs.
A free handyman and gardening service from the Castle Morpeth Disability Association (CMDA) is up and running following its lottery scheme success earlier in the summer.
Community Works will see John Richardson and Paul Keenlyside, who have more than 40 years’ experience between them, carry out a range of tasks for elderly people, those with disabilities, families on low incomes and single parents living in Morpeth and across south east Northumberland.
A part-time administration assistant has also been employed and CMDA is hoping to recruit volunteers who have been struggling to find paid work.
The charity was short-listed from hundreds of entries to the Jubilee People’s Millions, run by the Big Lottery Fund.
It won £52,500 after getting the most public votes in a head-to-head with another North East group on ITV Tyne Tees.
CMDA Project Development Officer Sara Parker said: “It can be a daunting and expensive task to call in a tradesman to carry out routine tasks.
“Our residents can have peace of mind knowing that we have experienced friendly and trustworthy employees who can undertake these small jobs and it’s free of charge.
“Not only will this service help people in need it will also give people who are unemployed the opportunities to increase skills and find employment by increasing their experiences as a volunteer.
“As a charity, we are extremely appreciative of the support that we received from Northumberland County Council’s Executive member Ian Lindley.”
The garden tidy includes jobs such as mowing lawns, cutting hedges and weeding, whereas the handyman side of the service involves fitting handrails, checking smoke alarms and changing light bulbs among other tasks.
Coun Lindley, Executive Member for Adult Services, said: “Changing a light bulb or weeding the garden might sound like simple tasks, but if you are unable to do them yourself then it becomes a problem which may affect your lifestyle.
“I am pleased that CMDA is able to make people’s lives easier in this way and give vulnerable residents the chance to live independently.”
For more information about the service or to make an appointment, telephone the Community Works team on 01670 519575.