Tenants living in Sheltered Housing Schemes in the north of county can now rely on a helping hand to tackle their odd jobs.
Carmarthenshire County Council’s Property Services division has extended its popular HandyVan scheme, which was launched as a pilot in the Llanelli area in 2010.
It means tenants living in council-run sheltered housing can call for help for small repair jobs around their home, such as hanging pictures and curtain rails, easing windows and doors that are sticking, and assembling flat-pack furniture.
The scheme was introduced by the council to offer an extra value service to tenants, whilst also working on the principle that regular preventative maintenance would lessen the call for more expensive repair requests further down the line.
It also provides tenants with the peace of mind that they are welcoming an approved workman in to their home.
Area Manager Chris Derrick said: “The scheme has proven very successful during its pilot period in the Llanelli area. This has allowed us the opportunity to assess its impact and iron out any problems. We’ve had great feedback from tenants who have used the HandyVan service. They have told us that it has saved them relying on relatives who may be living out of the area, and has also given them added reassurance.”
A Welsh-speaking handy man has been employed from the council’s apprentice scheme to fill the post.
Minor repair jobs can be booked by tenants through their Sheltered Scheme Officer.
Cllr Colin Evans, Executive Board Member responsible for Property Services, said: “This is a great scheme which provides added value to our tenants and is there to give them a hand when it’s needed. I’ve no doubt that it will be a great success.”