Handyman help around the home

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A handyman service for council tenants is being piloted in Sheffield.

Sheffield Council and Kier, the council’s housing maintenance contractor, are behind the scheme in the east and south-west areas of the city.

The service, for residents over 60 or with disabilities or severe health problems, aims to help tenants with smaller jobs in their home that they cannot manage themselves, but would not normally be reported as repairs.

Coun Harry Harpham, cabinet member for homes, said: “We’d like to encourage residents to make the most of the service.

“If it proves popular, we will consider rolling it out in other areas.

“The best thing of all for our residents is they now have people they know and trust to come into their homes to do their repairs in a friendly and helpful way.”

Designed to assist people and help them feel safe and comfortable in their homes, the types of jobs carried out under the service include: fitting shelves, checking smoke alarms, hanging pictures, moving furniture, securing carpets, making safe trailing wires and minor communal repairs.

To find out whether you are eligible for the service , call 0114 273 5555.