The YorWellbeing handyperson service allows you live independently and safely, by helping with simple repairs and tasks; get support with small jobs around your home if you're:

  • a resident in our area
  • aged 60 years and over
  • disabled

Contact the Yorwellbeing handyperson service for further information, or to request the service.

What the handyperson can do

The type of work is limited to small jobs around the house which would take no more than half a day to carry out, but no job is too small.

Typical jobs the service can carry out include:

  • assembling flat-pack furniture
  • fitting shelves
  • fitting key safes
  • installing smoke detectors
  • hanging pictures
  • putting up or taking down curtains or curtain rails
  • securing loose carpets
  • putting up curtain rails
  • simple security measures
  • changing light bulbs

Handyperson service costs

If you receive income based benefits the service is free of charge and you will only pay for materials.

If you are not receiving income based benefits there is hourly charge for labour of £22.50 (including VAT) plus the cost of any materials. A minimum half hour labour charge applies.

Other services to help around the home

There are a number of other services that are available from us and our partners to help you in and around your home.

YorWellbeing Falls Prevention Scheme

The YorWellbeing Falls Prevention Scheme offers free home safety visits to residents in Clifton, Guildhall, Micklegate and Fishergate Wards who want practical help and advice to reduce the risk of falls in their home.

Request a free home safety visit from the Falls Prevention Scheme.

GoodGym York

GoodGym is a community of runners who combine getting fit with supporting older people and community projects.

They carry out practical tasks in the home or garden for people over 60 who can no longer do such tasks for themselves.

Examples of tasks carried out by GoodGym York include:

  • changing light bulbs
  • moving heavy items of furniture
  • assembling flat-pack furniture

Any required tools must be available at the property.

Request practical support for an older person from GoodGym York.

Community Bees

Community Bees are a not for profit community interest company who offer a de-cluttering and gardening service across York.

They can help to de-clutter lofts, houses, garages and sheds.

They also carry out all gardening jobs including:

  • weeding
  • grass cutting
  • pruning
  • power hosing

They will consider all requests for help but particularly work with isolated and lonely residents.

All volunteers are DBS checked. They do not charge for the service but welcome contributions to help fund the service.

If you would like to make a referral please contact Community Bees by phone or email.

Blueberry Academy garden care team

The Blueberry Academy garden care team provide a free gardening service for those who require assistance with gardening work but are unable to carry out works themselves and are on low income.

Tasks may include:

  • lawn mowing
  • hedge trimming
  • weeding
  • edging
  • planting
  • pruning
  • sweeping
  • raking
  • composting
  • small garden maintenance

When a referral is made an initial meeting will be required to ensure the area is safe to work in, agree an action plan and ensure eligibility.

The service can involve several visits to maintain the garden as it grows. The team will consist of 2 to 4 people and access to a toilet will be required.

Please note that the Blueberry Academy are not currently accepting new referrals.

To make an enquiry please contact Richard Plant by phone or email.

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