Just in time for spring, a gardening service for older people will be launched with the addition of two new lawnmowers.
Thanks to support from Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club, Help at Home, a service provided by the Harrogate Easier Living Project (HELP), will be able to concentrate on a series of gardening and outdoor jobs from April to help older and vulnerable people feel more confident about living independently.
A lot of our work is about making the home a safer place and helping to prevent falls, but it is also about helping prevent crime.Help at Home project coordinator Jane Cozens
Harrogate Rotary Brigantes’ President Peter Wood has chosen HELP as his charity of the year, and money raised at the group’s annual Christmas grotto in Asda has paid for the two mowers.
Help at Home project coordinator Jane Cozens said: “We are so grateful to Peter and the Rotary team for their support in purchasing these items.
“Previous purchases of gardening equipment including a strimmer, a pressure washer and a wood chipper have helped us work more efficiently and reduce waiting times by 39 per cent so we know the mowers are going to make a real difference.”
In the past 12 months Help at Home has completed 286 gardening, decorating and DIY jobs for older and vulnerable people living in the district.
In the last three years the team has more than tripled the number of jobs in the rural areas of the District and this trend is set to continue in 2015.
Jane added: “A lot of our work is about making the home a safer place and helping to prevent falls, but it is also about helping prevent crime.
“The Local Safer Neighbourhood Teams confirm that a well-maintained property and garden can help make the resident less vulnerable to rogue traders and burglars.”
If you know of anyone who needs help with gardening projects this spring, contact the team on 01423 813096.