Monday, 30 May 2011

Photo opportunity: First adaptation completed in new £1m contract

The first of many adaptations as part of a new £1m contract with a local charity has been completed.

Andrew Rayner has had a new ramp installed at his semi-detached house on South Farm Road, Gipton as part of the contract. The ramp has given him level access in and out of the house which has provided him with greater independence.

The council signed a £1m contract with Care and Repair (Leeds), a local charity who provide services for older people and disabled people in Leeds, earlier this year. The types of adaptations that will be undertaken across Leeds include installing wet floor showers, showers over baths, ramps to homes and extensions to houses.

East North East Homes Leeds have worked in conjunction with Care and Repair to make this specific adaptation possible.

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What: All media are invited to see the first adaptation as part of the new £1m contract with Care and Repair. Councillor Peter Gruen and the tenant, Mr Rayner will be available for interviews.
Where: 107 South Farm Road
When: 9am Wednesday 1 June 2011
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Three of the council’s ALMOs will benefit from the contract, with £400,000 given to East North East Homes Leeds, £400,000 to West North West Homes Leesds and £200,000 given to Aire Valley Homes from the housing subsidy fund.

The three ALMOs and Leeds City Council will be working with six local building firms to undertake all the adaptations.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods and housing said:

“It is fantastic that we are able to help people with adaptations to their homes, which make life just that bit easier.

“The extra £1m that we put into the pot is going to really help people throughout Leeds, not only are we able to adapt peoples homes to make them more suitable but also work with local businesses to put this in place.”

Bill Rollinson, director of Care & Repair Leeds said:

“Care & Repair Leeds is very pleased to be running this scheme using local builders. We always offer our full range of services to help people live independently in their own homes.”

Notes to editors:

About Care & Repair

Care & Repair has a contract with the ALMOs in Leeds to carry out disabled adaptations, and these range from minor adaptations, ramps, bathroom conversions through to large house extensions.


For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450