If you, your clients or someone you know needs a hand to make their home safer, brighter and more homely, handyperson Russell’s your man!

The city’s handyperson service was run by Yorkshire Housing, but has been taken over by the council. Russell’s now part of the YorWellbeing team, dedicated to helping people aged 60 and over or with a disability live at home independently and with dignity.

The YorWellbeing Handyperson Service takes requests from residents for simple repairs or adaptations to their home such as improving or fitting new security and safety measures, removing trip hazards and improving visibility.

The service aims to help people live safely at home, because small jobs like these can have a big impact on residents’ lives, by preventing, reducing and delaying the need for NHS and care services.

A qualified and accredited handyperson, Russell can carry out a huge number of different jobs which includes:

  • 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.

People on income-based benefits can use the service for free and just pay for materials. Otherwise, there is an hourly charge for labour of £22.50 (including VAT). A minimum half hour charge applies.

To request a job, please visit www.york.gov.uk/HandypersonService or please call 01904 567456 and we’ll ring you back.

Residents of Clifton, Guildhall, Micklegate and Fishergate can also request a free home visit for advice and help on preventing falls, please call 01904 567456 or email reducingfalls@york.gov.uk

To find out more about the service and pick up some advice on reducing the risk of falls, please visit www.york.gov.uk/reducingfalls