New service sure to come in handy

Launch of Age UK handyman service at Age UK, Ashington, with (left to right) MP Ian Lavery, Liz Simpson-Day Services Development Manager Age UK Northumberland, volunteer Colin Hawkshaw, staff member Lee Athey and Martin Howe-Head of Operational Services AUKNL.

Launch of Age UK handyman service at Age UK, Ashington, with (left to right) MP Ian Lavery, Liz Simpson-Day Services Development Manager Age UK Northumberland, volunteer Colin Hawkshaw, staff member Lee Athey and Martin Howe-Head of Operational Services AUKNL.

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A new handyman and gardening service has been launched to help people over the age of 50 in south east Northumberland.

Age UK’s Northumberland branch declared the service up and running at a ceremony at the Round House in Lintonville Parkway, Ashington, on Friday.

Volunteers for the charity were joined by Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery, a long-term supporter of the organisation.

The service has been steadily built up across the county since July. It does jobs including interior and exterior house painting, cleaning windows, fitting basic home security measures, clearing paths and mowing lawns.

Elizabeth Simpson, day services development manager at Age UK in Northumberland, said: “We are very excited about the prospects for our handyman and gardening service.

“Customers like the idea of getting a service from a well-respected name that they can trust and from staff they know have been fully trained and checked.

“So often these days, you hear of people being conned by so-called handymen who turn up at their door, and it is especially important for older people to be aware of the dangers of letting strangers into their homes.”