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Elderly couple receive help with home improvements

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 24, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Joan and Cyril Barber outside their Bagnall Heights home.

  • Joan and Cyril Barber, from Bagnall.

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An elderly couple from the Staffordshire Moorlands elderly couple have praised a home improvement agency which helped them out.

Cyril and Joan Barber, from Bagnall, are grateful that the Stoke-on-Trent based Revival Home Improvement Agency gave them a helping hand after they moved into sheltered accommodation.

The agency, which already covers Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle and the Staffordshire Moorlands, has now won a £2.5million contract to extend its services across the whole of Staffordshire.

Joan, aged 76, had a stroke four years ago and now uses a wheelchair.

She and 85-year-old Cyril, decided to move into a more suitable flat in Bagnall Heights.

However, their new home needed adaptations, which is when Revival stepped in.

It secured a disabled facilities grant and made alterations to the bathroom and fitted an accessible kitchen.

Cyril said: "We just would not have managed without the alterations. We would have had to move.

"Now we have everything we need."

Joan added: "The alterations make all the difference in the world.

"It's only a matter of a few more inches extra space here and there, but it's made a huge difference and it's brilliant."

With its new contract, which runs for nearly three years, Revival is set to roll out its services across all nine district local authority areas in the county. It will offer home adaptations, improvements and repairs to older people, those with disabilities and people on lower incomes.

While the agency is part of Staffordshire Housing Association, its services will be 'tenure-blind' and will be offered to anyone.

Christina Timmis, manager of Revival, said: "We are thrilled and excited to be helping people in new areas where we have not worked before.

"We were overjoyed to win the contract.

"It means we will continue to provide services in the way we have for more than 20 years, but across the whole county.

"We worked very hard on the bid to provide services for several months and it's a model we think works really well."

Revival will also offer advice for people considering moving house to be closer to their families, as well as guidance on applying for grants.

The agency currently delivers services to around 3,000 clients and expects to help a further 1,200 every year under the contract awarded by Staffordshire County Council. Clients are usually referred by social services but there are no restrictions on who can refer potential clients.

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