A little help with DIY ‘really brightens someone’s day’

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

A TEAM of volunteers who do home repair jobs free of charge for older people and people with disabilities in Limerick city plan to expand their services.

A TEAM of volunteers who do home repair jobs free of charge for older people and people with disabilities in Limerick city plan to expand their services.

Mick Brown, of the aptly titled Care & Repair, said they will be expanding to cover the Southill and Carew/Kincora Park areas in September due to increasing demand from people who need assistance in their homes, and are unable to pay for minor jobs.

Community worker, Warren Kiely from the St Mary’s area, says they are “welcomed with open arms when we arrive to do a job”.

Mr Kiely said the work is very satisfying for volunteers as they feel that they are giving something back into the community.

“We provide a service that people wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise. Doing a little bit of painting or fixing a broken item around the house can cheer up an older person and brighten up their day,” he said.

Catherine Lyons, one of the Care & Repair volunteers, who should be enjoying her retirement goes out into the Queen of Peace parish to assist in numerous types of jobs such as cleaning windows, tidying up a garden or helping someone to fit a curtain rail. “You don’t have to be a DIY expert as you’re put with someone who has these skills,” she said.

“People are always happy to see you and when you produce your ID card they can feel safe allowing you into their house.”

If you’d like support from Care & Repair or to volunteer contact Mick Brown, Limerick City Care & Repair Programme, St Munchin’s Family Resource Centre, Clonconnane Rd, Ballynanty, on 087-6731314 or email limerickcitycareandrepair@gmail.com