Leading Leeds charity celebrates 30 years of success

Lord Best and Hilary Benn M.P joined around 100 clients, partners and professionals gathered at The Vinery Centre in Leeds this week to celebrate 30 years’ service by one of the city’s leading voluntary organisations.

Care & Repair Leeds estimate their services have been used over 250,000 times, helping a range of clients maintain their independence at home, so reducing the need for care homes, hospital stays and admissions.

During that time, over 25,000 people have been helped to gain their independence after a hospital stay, sometimes with simple measures such as a handrail or in other cases with the installation of specialist bathrooms, for example.

Care & Repair can help with a range of changes large and small, to help ensure their clients home is safe and suitable for them now and in the future. This might include improved heating, repairs, extensions, lifts and ramps, rewiring and roofing or security measures.  As part of the service they offer support on making the home environment dementia-friendly and provide access to trusted vetted service providers in the home through Leeds Directory.

Whatever is needed, the support workers start by listening to the client and ensure the changes they choose, go smoothly.

Pam Taylor Fawcett - a client who had an extension with wet room for her young disabled son, said:

"I can’t get over to this day how easy it was. I was very anxious about the work being done – but I could not be less stressed. Nothing was too much trouble

We are always included in the conversation – and each stage was checked for being OK.

Liaison with the council was very good.

There’s no price on peace of mind, you get control back over your own life"

Ruth Cornelissen, Care & Repair Leeds Chief Executive commented:

"At Care & Repair we aim to give the choice of living independently to everyone. We can help take the worry away for our clients to making changes to their home to remain independent.

We are delighted with the level of support we have attracted to our 30th Anniversary event from our eminent speakers, Leeds City Council, the NHS and other partners.  I hope our 30th anniversary celebrations will help raise awareness of our services and reputation further.  We will always do our best to ensure clients access financial support where possible to make the changes they need, but many of our clients are self-funded, they just want the reassurance, support and expertise we can offer."

Lord Best Said:

"It is great to be celebrating the brilliant work of this organisation. Care & Repair Leeds has made a huge difference to so many peoples’ lives. It has made it possible for people to live independently in their own homes in much improved conditions. Few things are more important than that. Keeping all of us older people out of hospital and out of residential care is enormously valuable – not just to us but to the health and care services. Many congratulations to Care & Repair Leeds."

Hilary Benn commented:

"I am proud to be patron of such an important organisation. Without Care & Repair Leeds, the city would face more demand for long-term care and increased hospital stays, admissions and readmissions. We are all aware of the challenges the NHS faces as well as the debate about the cost of a long-term care for our growing elderly population. The first choice for many people is to stay independent in their homes if possible, and I want to thank Care & Repair for the vital work they do to help make this happen."