We can help with small practical tasks in your home, to keep you safe and secure

The Age UK Berkshire Handyperson service costs £20 per hour (plus materials), but in some of areas of Berkshire and in some circumstances, your local Council will pay for our Handyperson service on your behalf. Please ask Age UK Berkshire about our charges and about the subsidised or free service.

Handyperson services in your own home

Our services in Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell Forest and West Berkshire are partly-subsidised by the the Council in each of those areas. Work on safety & security issues or that help a quick return from hospital are currently provided free of charge; other work is charged at £20 per hour, plus the cost of materials.

Elsewhere in Berkshire, we are not subsidised and a charge of £20 per hour is made for all the types of work we can do (see below for examples), plus the cost of materials.

If you find you genuinely cannot pay those rates, please discuss with us (0118 959 4242 handyperson@ageukberkshire.org.uk) but we are unable to offer this service free of charge.

We welcome referrals and calls from older people, families and carers for this service.

Referrals can be made by social workers, occupational therapists, GPs, hospital discharge staff, etc., for the free service in West Berkshire, Reading, Wokingham and Bracknell Forest.

We also offer a comprehensive domestic cleaning and help service: Home Help Plus.

Please call us 0118 959 4242 if you're not sure what we can offer you in your area or what it may cost.

Our Handypersons carry out a range of small household repairs and minor adaptations such as:Handyperson services in your own home

  • Fitting window and door locks and other security items
  • Fitting smoke and CO2 detectors
  • Changing light bulbs and replacing small electrical fittings
  • Replacing tap washers and carrying out minor plumbing works
  • Fitting grabrails and handrails
  • Fitting keysafes and intercoms
  • Draughtproofing windows and doors
  • Fitting phone extensions
  • Carrying out a range of minor repairs - please ask us for details

Some of the jobs we cannot do (but we know someone who can):

  • Major electrical work
  • Gas work requiring a Gas-Safe registered technician
  • Work that's high-up or at high level
  • Painting and decorating
  • Work involving heavy machinery e.g. chainsaws
  • Gardening

For the work we cannot do, we are able to suggest one or more local traders who can do those sorts of jobs, althoughugh we don't make recommendations.

All our services will be assessed for safety on an individual basis. We will do our best to meet your individual needs and to support you in your own home so that you can be as independent as you wish.

All of the Handyperson team have Disclosure & Barring Checks (formerly CRB) and are fully referenced and insured; all are paid employees of Age UK Berkshire, providing you with full confidence in our team.

Contact Age UK Berkshire on 0118 959 4242 or handyperson@ageukberkshire.org.uk

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