Age Concern Birmingham successfully re-launched their Firstcall Tradesperson service on Monday 28th January 2013 with the help of six local private sector organisations after funding for the existing service ceased at the end of June 2012.

To celebrate the re-launch of Firstcall Tradesperson, Age Concern Birmingham announced a free prize draw which is open to all enquirers to the service up until Thursday 28th February 2013 inclusive. The fantastic prize is a level access walk-in shower room conversion worth over £5000 which has been kindly donated by Able Access UK.

Lisa J. Lagorio, Director at Able Access UK, comments: “We are delighted that Age Concern Birmingham is able to keep offering the much needed service and we are proud to be supporting them with our donation” Comment ends.

The Tradesperson and Handyman Directory service has been operating for over ten years and enabled older people to contact the charity when they needed a reputable tradesperson. Age Concern Birmingham held a directory of tradespeople offering a variety of services that they had vetted; instigating CRB checks, public liability insurances, references and quality checks, allowing older people to use reputable tradespeople with the peace of mind that the charity had undertaken the above checks.

Through working with private sector organisations, Age Concern Birmingham has been able to keep the original service running. The charity now directs any enquiries to their appropriate dedicated partner, thus ensuring quality checks are maintained and, due to fewer partnerships, are actually more thorough. For all work undertaken, partners donate an amount to the charity which goes towards covering running the costs of the project.

Shirley Goode, Chief Executive at Age Concern Birmingham, comments: “We have been thrilled with the response and commitment from our private sector partners in helping us launch and continue to run this fantastic service.”

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