New groups help old folk

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NEW organisations have joined Derbyshire’s handy van network, which provides free practical help for older and vulnerable people in their own homes.

The Derbyshire Handy Van Network is coordinated by Derbyshire County Council in partnership with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and councils.

A fleet of 10 vans covers the county and since its launch in 2008 handy van staff have completed nearly 48,000 tasks and made more than 16,500 visits.

The tasks range from changing light bulbs and fixing taps to securing rugs, installing safety and security items like smoke alarms and moving furniture.

For High Peak and Derbyshire Dales, call Buxton and District Volunteer Centre on 01298 23970. For Bolsover, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire, call the North Derbyshire Home Improvement Agency on 01246 345748.