Oxford Metropolis Council’s Dwelling Enchancment Company (HIA) has been shortlisted in two classes on the Nationwide Wholesome Housing Awards 2022.
The Nationwide Wholesome Housing Awards are organised by Foundations, a nationwide physique overseeing a community of greater than 200 house enchancment companies and handyperson suppliers.
The awards have a good time people and providers supporting individuals throughout the nation to reside comfortably in their very own houses, with Oxford’s HIA shortlisted for:
- the Sustainable Dwelling Diversifications Award, which recognises wonderful observe in integrating a response to local weather change within the supply of incapacity variations
- the Contractor of the Yr Award, which recognises contractors who’ve proven wonderful customer support and nice workmanship in adapting the houses of disabled individuals. Contractors are a key accomplice in delivering profitable adaptation schemes, typically spending extra time within the house than all different professionals mixed
Shortlisted nominees have been chosen by an unbiased panel together with members from NHS England, the Centre for Ageing Higher and the Division for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.
The awards ceremony will happen on 6 December on the Nationwide Soccer Museum in Manchester.
Recommendation and help from the Dwelling Enchancment Company
Poor housing situations can put individuals in danger attributable to points like outdated age, disabilities, well being situations or low earnings. Assist from the HIA might help them reside safely and independently in their very own houses.
The HIA might help with adaptions to a house and normal family repairs, minor electrical and plumbing works, power effectivity measures and residential security and safety.
Grants or loans could also be obtainable to undertake any essential work.
One instance of how HIA might help is Mr & Mrs B, who the crew has supported for some years. Initially serving to with a Disabled Facility Grant for a stair raise, HIA has additionally helped with numerous boiler repairs and a alternative boiler utilizing Gasoline Secure and Winter Heat funding.
Extra not too long ago, the HIA was capable of assist fund important stair raise upkeep with a Secure and Safe Grant. The crew additionally accomplished free draught proofing and power effectivity measures inside their house and put in a smoke alarm.
“We’d extremely advocate utilizing HIA, such an exquisite service to have. You modify lives, you definitely modified ours. Having the stair raise put in modified each our lives. I didn’t want to fret about him falling and he didn’t want to fret about how he may rise up and down. It gave us such peace of thoughts. It’s additionally all the opposite stuff you do and it’s pretty to assume that if we had an issue we will name you, all the time there and straightforward to pay money for. Our caseworker has been so supportive all through and the contractors have been faultless. Thanks.”
Oxford HIA is a component funded by Oxfordshire County Council and the NHS Higher Care Fund. The county council not too long ago agreed to resume its contract for HIA providers for 3 years from 1 April 2022.
To debate the help the HIA could possibly supply name 01865 252788 or go to www.oxford.gov.uk/hia
“Our Dwelling Enchancment Company carries out invaluable work in serving to individuals to reside independently, safely and comfortably in their very own houses. Oxfordshire County Council has not too long ago prolonged its contract for HIA providers by three years and it’s additionally unbelievable to see the crew recognised for its work by being nominated for 2 awards on the Nationwide Wholesome Housing Awards.”
Councillor Linda Smith, cupboard member for housing