MP congratulates award-winning partnership in Wigan Borough

Care & Repair Chief Executive Maggie Walker with AgeUK Wigan Borough Chair Matthew Hothersall, Andy Burnham MP , Cllr. Keith Cunliffe and AgeUK Handyperson Billy Conway

Wigan Borough Care & Repair and Wigan Council were presented with the ‘Excellence in Commisioning Home Improvement Agency Services’ award by local MP and Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham on Friday 11 May 2012.

Wigan Borough Care & Repair is a new more effective way to help older people keep their homes in good repair. Older residents from across the borough can call on free support for bringing in a contractor for home repairs and a trusted handyperson service for small “DIY” jobs.

Andy Burnham MP praised the service, saying:

“We need to get word out about this service which provides that key “little bit of help” to our older residents. This service helps reduce the isolation of older people with practical assistance.”

People who have used Wigan Borough Care & Repair’s services are full of praise. The daughter of a satisfied client said:

“My friends cannot believe that such a service exists, to support and safeguard the interests of the elderly. Without this service, how on earth would an elderly person cope with a major building upheaval and come through it without being traumatised, their health affected or unfortunately in many cases financially ‘ripped off?”

The staff team and key stakeholders, including Handyperson sub-contractor AgeUK Wigan Borough came together at the event to celebrate the achievements of the highly successful collaboration between Wigan Council, Care & Repair and Age UK.

Janette Linacre, Service Director, said:

“Since we began operating in October 2011, the team has been working hard to help local people. If anyone doesn’t know about the service they can find out more by ringing 01942 239360 or looking on our website at www.careandrepair-wigan.org.uk”

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