Tradespeople urged to help ‘change a life in lunch break’

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A SCHEME aimed at protecting the most vulnerable in the city from bogus house-callers is being launched today in Edinburgh.

DIY enthusiasts, retired people wanting to keep active or younger people looking for hands-on work experience are being sought to volunteer for the project.

The charity Care and Repair Edinburgh is challenging local people to “change a life in a lunch break”.

Under the banner “changing a life is as easy as changing a light bulb”, the charityis calling on kind-hearted tradespeople to help expand the support it gives to communities.

The charity enables older people and those with disabilities to continue to live independently and safely in their own homes through the provision of a wide variety of services.

Those include a volunteer handyperson service, a home from hospital service, small repairs service, adaptations and home improvement service, and a trades referral service.

To promote their campaign, the team at Care and Repair Edinburgh will be advertising across the city in the weeks ahead.

Graham Harper, chief executive of Care and Repair Edinburgh, said: “This year Care and Repair Edinburgh is celebrating its 30th anniversary and is looking to expand its services. We have a trusted network of experienced and vetted tradespeople and volunteers and an important role in offering a helping hand and a listening ear.

“Our handyperson volunteers really can change lives in their lunch break and we are looking for more people to join us. By helping to carry out odd jobs, DIY or something as simple as changing a light bulb, you can help older and disabled people in your community live richer, more fulfilling lives at home because they can retain their independence.”

Two years ago, several people were arrested in the city in connection with defrauding ten people out of almost £400,000 by pretending to carry out repairs on properties in Edinburgh.

And at Christmas, an 85-year-old man was in his home in Westfield Road when a man called at his door claiming to have been carrying out maintenance work within the common stair. The man stole jewellery and a three-figure sum of cash.

Care and Repair is looking for volunteers who are, interested in DIY, technically savvy, and who can help older people stay connected with the outside world through PCs, smart phones, digital TVs and Skype.

Anyone interesting in finding out more can visit the Care and Repair website at: www.care
andrepairedinburgh.org.uk.