Changes to Hand Van network

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Two new organisations have joined Derbyshire’s successful Handy Van network.

The changes mean that some contact numbers to request a Handy Van visit have changed.

The Derbyshire Handy Van Network is coordinated by Derbyshire County Council in partnership with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and local district and borough councils.

The service is free and delivers practical support to older and vulnerable people in their own homes, helping them to stay independent.

A fleet of ten vans covers the county and since its launch in 2008 handy van staff have completed nearly 48,000 tasks and made more than 16,500 visits.

The tasks range from changing light bulbs and fixing taps to securing rugs, installing safety and security items like smoke alarms and moving furniture.

As well as carrying out tasks to keep older people safe in their own homes, Handy Van staff can also give advice and information about other services which can help and support them.

While the county council oversees the network, agencies in each area run them on a day-to-day basis.

Some of these agencies have recently changed, and with it the contact numbers.

The organisations and numbers for each area are:

Amber Valley & Erewash - Medequip - 01773 604426 (new)

Derbyshire Dales - Volunteer Centre, Buxton and District - 01298 23970 (new)

High Peak - Volunteer Centre, Buxton and District - 01298 23970

Bolsover, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire - North Derbyshire Home Improvement Agency - 01246 345748

South Derbyshire - South Derbyshire CVS - 01283 219761.

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Care Councillor Charles Jones said: “The Handy Van Network provides invaluable support for older and vulnerable people across Derbyshire and has helped and supported thousands of people.

“We are pleased to welcome two new providers on board who will be covering the Amber Valley, Erewash and Derbyshire Dales areas, helping people to live safely and independently in their own homes.”