Handy Van to relaunch

The Handy Van Network is due to be relaunched in the Derbyshire Dales in July.

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

A fleet of 10 vans covers the county and since its launch Handy Van staff have completed more than 48,000 tasks and made more than 16,500 visits.

In the Derbyshire Dales the Handy Van has completed more than 5,000 tasks and carried out almost 2,000 visits.

Tasks carried out 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 home, Handy Van staff can also give advice and information about other services which can help and support them.

Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for adult care Councillor Charles Jones said: “The Handy Van scheme is an excellent way of supporting people to live independently in their homes.”

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.

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

In the Derbyshire Dales the new agency behind the running of the Handy Van is the Buxton and District Volunteer Centre.

The change in agency has also meant that the phone number to contact the service in the Derbyshire Dales has changed to 01298 23970.