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Edinburgh Charity Calls for People to Dig Out Their Toolboxes and Donate Unwanted Tools

Posted: 4th April 2016

Care and Repair Edinburgh which assists older and disabled people to continue to live safely at home is calling for people to dig out their toolboxes and donate any tools they no longer use.

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Graham Harper, CEO stated: “Last year was Care and Repair Edinburgh’s busiest year so far and as the demand for our services rises, our volunteers are short of tools. If anyone has tools in the garage or at home that they no longer use, our team would put them to very good use.

“We are also looking for more volunteers to join us to give a helping hand across a wide range of DIY jobs which range from changing a light bulb, tuning in someone’s TV, helping them with a computer or putting up shelves. Our volunteers cover all parts of the city and if anyone has any tools to donate, we would be happy to collect them. Telephone 0131 337 1111 to let us know. If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer call us for more information or have a look at the website: https://www.careandrepairedinburgh.org.uk.”

From arranging a home-from-hospital adaptation by a trusted tradesman to offering a helping hand and a listening ear to often lonely older people, Care and Repair Edinburgh’s dedicated, hardworking and experienced team provide a one-stop-shop to provide assistance to older and disabled people.

Care and Repair Edinburgh, celebrating its 30th anniversary, has a team of volunteers who do odd jobs for older and disabled people to keep them living safely, independently and securely at home and out of hospital. The charity also has a dedicated joinery service which provides quality and affordable home improvement services.

The charity assisted over 5,000 people in 2015 – a 17% increase in demand for its service.  The team of volunteers carried out 1,370 small DIY handyperson jobs in 2015. The charity organised 1,779 trade referral jobs and 143 people were assisted with advice and referral to a trusted trader list. 59 people received assistance with a home adaption and 368 people had small joinery work undertaken at reduced rates by the charity’s dedicated joiners.

The charity extended its activities in 2015 with the addition of funded gas repairs and the appointment of a full time dedicated key safe fitter. During 2015, 1,290 patients were also assisted to leave hospital through the installation of a keysafe at their home. Care and Repair Edinburgh can assist with hospital discharges and enable people to make a quick, smooth and lasting transition from hospital care to their own homes.

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