A SERVICE which carries out essential repairs and adaptation work for older people across the Keighley area has received renewed funding for a second year.

Helping Hands performs a range of tasks, from installing home safety and security measures to fitting mobility aids and general property maintenance.

Behind the initiative is Action Point Community Support Services, which says that thanks to the funding – from the Edward Gostling Foundation – service users only have to cover the cost of materials.

Jobs can be as simple as changing a light bulb, or may involve plumbing or electrical work.

"Many older people do not have family or friends who can help with these types of job," said a spokesman.

"Having this trusted and reliable service on hand enables people to maintain safety and independence in their own home.

"We know that Covid-19 has prevented many people getting essential repairs carried out, so we want to reassure everyone that we are still here to help and no job is too small – our main concern is that people stay safe."

The service also carries out non-essential work for vulnerable individuals and community buildings, at reduced rates.

For more details, call 01535 609506 or email admin@keighleyvc.co.uk.

Anyone with DIY skills who would like to volunteer help is also invited to get in touch – ask for project co-ordinator Gary Hodgson.