‘Care & Repair’ - A handyman
and befriending service for
older people

‘Care & Repair’ is a community initiative for people over 65 years of age, living in North Leitrim and West Cavan, who have a small household job that needs doing in their home, but do not have a relative, friend or neighbour that can help them.

‘Care & Repair’ is a community initiative for people over 65 years of age, living in North Leitrim and West Cavan, who have a small household job that needs doing in their home, but do not have a relative, friend or neighbour that can help them.

The project uses a mixture of local volunteers and employment scheme participants to go into people’s homes to undertake small jobs. All our volunteers and staff have been Garda vetted and have a photographic I.D badge, which older people should ask to see before admitting them into their homes.

The handymen are available to undertake any minor household job that takes under 2 hours, such as changing a light bulb, putting up safety rails, minor painting and gardening.

This service is not designed to take work away from qualified trades’ people; it is only for minor jobs, so if the job takes over two hours our staff can recommend a reliable, local tradesperson to do the job for you.

Care & Repair is a project supported by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and delivered by Co-operation and Working Together. Leitrim Development Company operate this exciting project in Leitrim, ‘Care and Repair’ is an Age Action franchise.

This project was launched on September 13 last in Manorhamilton. It has been a great success so far, but they hope that more people will access this service in 2013. The service is free, although they do encourage donations in order to sustain the project and its equipment.

If you have any further questions, would be interested in using this service, volunteering as a handy person or befriender or if you require more information on services for Older People in Leitrim and West Cavan, please contact Anna McTiernan on 071-9648013.