Angus North and Mearns MSP Nigel Don has visited a Forfar based project which manages repairs and home improvements for elderly and disabled people.
After meeting Judith Leslie, manager of Angus Care and Repair in Forfar, Mr Don, said: “We’ve all heard tales of cowboy builders charging the earth for shoddy work. Finding reputable tradesmen whose prices are fair can be hard if you’ve no experience of organising building work, and let’s face it, most of us don’t.
“Elderly and disabled people living on low incomes cannot afford to get this wrong, and that’s why the work of Angus Care & Repair is so important.”
The Forfar based voluntary organisation offers a small repairs service to all older and disabled users, and also manages home improvements and adaptations.
“This can often mean that elderly and disabled people have the choice of staying in their own home, using the local shops and keeping up with their friends and family in the community,” continued Mr Don.
The project also helps secure the homes of elderly and disabled people against crime through the ‘Safe as Houses’ scheme. This is a partnership between Angus Care and Repair, Tayside Police, Tayside Fire and Rescue and Angus Council who offer a free crime prevention survey and make recommendations to improve security. Angus Care & Repair then ensures the work is carried out. Mr Don added: “After meeting Judith and the team, I was astonished to find out how much they actually do with quite limited resources. They are passionate about helping our elderly and disabled people stay where they want to be – living independently in their own homes.”