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Home repairs

You may need to make some repairs to your home so that it’s safer or more comfortable to live in. 

If you are the homeowner, this will probably be your own responsibility. There is a list of companies vetted by Trading Standards on the Buy with Confidence website 

If you live in a housing association home or rent from a private landlord, then they're responsible for keeping the home maintained. You should contact them directly for anything that needs doing. 

Redbridge HandyPerson Scheme 

The scheme helps older, vulnerable, and disabled residents in Redbridge with odd jobs and small-scale repairs around the home.  

Jobs that they may be able to help you with include: 

  • changing light bulbs 
  • changing locks
  • fitting handrails, grab rails and curtain rails 
  • small plumbing repairs 
  • fitting draught excluders 
  • assembling furniture 
  • replacing broken toilet seats 

The scheme is available to all residents who are: 

  • Aged 60 years of age or over 
  • Disabled or have a long-term serious illness or health problem which makes it difficult to carry out the work 
  • Awaiting discharge from hospital

There is a small cost for this service, and they are unable to carry work that is the responsibility of a landlord.  

To access the scheme, call 020 8520 4554 or email handyperson@theheetproject.org.uk. For more information visit the HEET website 

Home Improvement Grant 

Redbridge Council does provide both mandatory and discretionary adaptations grants for your home to improve your safety and independence in everyday tasks. 

Redbridge Council's website 

Disabled Facilities Grant 

The grant can help with the cost of adapting your home to make it easier for yourself or the disabled person to continue living there.  

Disabled Facilities Grant page

Gardening service

Age UK Redbridge, Barking & Havering offer residents over 50 a gardening service.

The service is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm and includes lawn mowing and edging, spring and autumn care, strimming, weeding and tidying, planting bulbs and shrubs, jet washing driveways and paths, basic fencing, tree care and more.