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Derbyshire HandyVan Service

Derbyshire County Council operate a HandyVan Network which is a service making it safer for older and vulnerable people to live in their own homes.

What work will the HandyVan be able to do?

You can phone and ask for a free visit to your home by your local HandyVan for the following:

  • home fire safety checks
  • smoke alarms provided and installed
  • home security checks
  • security equipment provided and installed
  • energy efficiency advice
  • practical tasks − for example:
  • changing light bulbs
  • securing carpets and rugs
  • removing and hanging curtains
  • checking stair rails are secure and appropriate
  • path and door access clearancesecuring tap washers to reduce dripping taps
    and other tasks, as appropriate.

The service will also, with your permission, make referrals to our partners for additional services that may help you to live independently.



Who is it available to and how do I access it?

The service is available to those who are aged 60 and over or if you are referred by Derbyshire County Council − Adult Care, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, your district or borough council, Derbyshire Police or Derbyshire Primary Care Trust.

Each eligible household can access this free service twice a year. Please note, some materials may need to be purchased by the occupier.

The service is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. This service does not offer an emergency service for plumbing or electrical problems.

For more information or to arrange for a visit, please contact the new single point of access:

Tel: 0203 535 4999  


Is there a charge for the handy van to visit?

No, if you are a Derbyshire resident who is aged 60 or over or are referred into the network then the service is free to access.

However, you will need to purchase any materials required for any small repairs or DIY tasks.

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