Shelter, NI – Gable helps repair disabled and older peoples’ own homes, funded by Awards for All

Older people and disabled people will receive home care and repair services thanks to a project funded by Big Lottery Fund.

Shelter, Campaign for the Homeless Northern Ireland is among three groups in the Strabane area sharing in grants totalling £24,144 from Awards for All. It is part of a Big Lottery Fund grants windfall of £769,369 to 91 groups across Northern Ireland (see full list of awards).

Shelter aims to secure rights to housing in Northern Ireland. They are using a £8,021 grant for the Handy Help project, which is a service working with older and disabled homeowners and private tenants in the Strabane area who need care and repair services. It is part of Shelter Northern Ireland’s GABLE project.

Stella Lepoidevin, Strabane area manager for GABLE, said: “Home is where the heart is; it is the place where we feel secure and comfortable.

“As we get older, we need a bit of help sometimes to keep our homes safe and in good order. We know many older people need and value the services of a handyperson, an all-round experienced tradesperson, but we know that older people are worried about strangers coming into their home, or about being overcharged for little jobs.

“GABLE has been working with older and disabled people in Strabane for more than a decade so we are familiar faces, and when we asked older people about running a Handy Help service, everyone was very enthusiastic about it.”

GABLE’s Handy Help service, funded by Awards for All, provides everything from small repairs, painting, decorating and trimming hedges to providing rails and ramps to get in and around the house with ease.

They are holding a launch of the GABLE project in their  new office in Strabane on 23rd November 2015 at 12.30pm.

The organisation is expanding its services within the new Derry City & Strabane District Council Area. Elaine Way CBE, Chief Executive Officer, Western Health and Social Care Trust, will be the keynote speaker at the event.

“This is an great opportunity to hear more about our plans and the benefits they will bring to local residents,” said Stella.

To confirm attendance and numbers, please email or contact the office on 028 7188 2147.


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