The YorWellbeing handyperson service is designed to help vulnerable residents to continue to live independently and safely in their homes, by helping them carry out simple repairs and tasks.

The service can perform small jobs around your home if you are a resident in the City of York council area who is:

  • aged 60 years and over
  • disabled

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
  • 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
  • re-laying flags

For further information or to request the Handyperson Service contact the Housing Standards and Adaptations Team.

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.

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