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Moray Handyperson Service launch volunteer appeal


By Alan Beresford

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A MORAY charity which offers help with small DIY tasks have launched an appeal for more volunteers.

Rising demand means Moray Handypersons Service needs more volunteers. Picture: Moray Handypersons Service
Rising demand means Moray Handypersons Service needs more volunteers. Picture: Moray Handypersons Service

Since the pandemic, demands for the services of Moray Handypersons Service have increased but volunteer numbers have not.

The charity is now keen to recruit fresh faces to the cause, particularly in the Elgin area.

Volunteer DIY-ers carry out small maintenance jobs for older or vulnerable people in their own homes. Tasks can range from putting up a shelf or a hook, to changing curtains and lightbulbs or erecting flat-pack furniture.

Each year, hundreds of local people throughout Moray are helped to stay safe in their own homes.

Manager Malcolm Aldridge said while their service has never stopped during the pandemic, several volunteers paused their voluntary activity, which means some requests for help are on a waiting list.

He said: "The role is quite flexible. If someone has some DIY skill and would like to join the volunteer pool, we would ask them to give us a call.

"We aim to match requests for jobs geographically so volunteers can do a job close to them and at a time that suits them. If they can’t do it, we pass the job on to another available volunteer. Right now, we are keenest to recruit volunteers in the Elgin area, although we do operate throughout the whole of Moray and would like to hear from anyone who is interested’.

If you think you may be able to help phone (01343) 559739 or email handyperson@morayhps.org.uk


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