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Housing and Dementia Summit – Being Home


Angus Care & Repair in conjunction with Life Changes Trust, CIHS, Arneil Johnston, UWS, and BRE have Organised the Housing and Dementia Summit – Being Home

at Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ.

For details and free tickets press shift and click the link below.


Dementia Enablement Project

hi_big_e_lrg_pink LCT logo2 Angus Care and Repair has been commisioned by the Life Changes Trust to help people living with dementia make their homes safer and more suitable to their needs.

Our deicated officers are approved to carry out a home check to see if there are any works that can be done straightaway to make your home safer for you. They can then speak to you about how Care and Repair can help you to make changes around yoir home to suit your needs when necessary.

The service is open to anyone living with Dementia, being assessed for or think that they may have dementia.

‘This work is supported with funding from the Life Changes Trust.  The Trust is funded by the Big Lottery’

For more information please contact us by phone on 01307 463232 or email Alternatively drop in th



Action on Elder Abuse Scotland

Action on Elder Abuse Scotland

  •  Raise awareness of the wide range of harm and abuse experienced by older people which includes   physical, sexual, psychological, financial and neglect
  •  Provide advice and support to older people experiencing harm or abuse, and those who care for or are concerned about older people
  •  Promote research and projects relating to elder abuse
  •  Campaign for the best possible support and prevention framework.
  •   Signpost to other organisations who can provide appropriate help and support.  If a concern is raised with us in regards to a vulnerable adult, our Information Officers will always make the caller aware of the Adult Support and Protection legislation and provide the appropriate local authority contact.


They are the only organisation that deals specifically with Elder Abuse and we provide support to people when they need to talk about the harm they are suffering and, if necessary, a signposting route to other organisations. Please see our website for more information.


We would also be very grateful if you could provide a link to our website on any of your resource materials and website.


If you have any questions or require any further information or leaflets, please do not hesitate to get in touch with:


Brian Rapley

Services Coordinator, Action on Elder Abuse Scotland


Invitation to Tender for a Housing and Dementia Resource – 29 April 2016

Invitation to Tender for a Housing and Dementia Resource – 29 April 2016


Angus Care and Repair is requesting tenders for the above research on behalf of the Housing and Dementia Focus Group.  The Group was established to advance how housing can contribute to helping people who are living with dementia stay safe, comfortable and enabled at home.


The H&D Focus Group quickly recognised the substantial and exciting work already done, particularly in Scotland, but were aware that there was not one place to access all this material collectively.  In order to move forward with new services, developments or products, to enable organisations to use any possible dementia funding for new or progressive work and to avoid duplicating previous work unknowingly we set out to bring all the information together for public access.

Date for tender return 23 May 2016

Tender returns will be evaluated and the shortlisted organisations will be interviewed for final selection in early June.

Please click this link for full brief.

LCT Housing and Dementia Brief


Recipe Booklet

We are delighted and very grateful to have received £4,500 from Awards for All Scotland and £1,000 from Angus Council Community Grant Scheme to put together a booklet to detail simple, nutritious, affordable and local recipes for older people living in Angus.

We hope that by doing this more people will continue to remain active cooking for themselves, family and friends or indeed take up cooking instead of buying ready meals.

If you have any ideas for simple low cost recipes please let us know and we will try to include them in the booklet.


Awareness Days at Forfar and Arbroath

Staff and board members spent successful days recently at Asda in Forfar and Morrisons in Arbroath increasing awareness of the full ranges of services that can be carried out by Angus Care and Repair.

Another awareness day is to be held at Tesco in Montrose on Thursday the 9th July and we hope it proves to be just as successful.image (1) image


UK wide funding scheme launches to help older and vulnerable stay gas safe in their homes

The Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT) has significantly scaled up its partnership with the Gas Safe Charity following a successful pilot in 2013 to provide essential maintenance and repairs to the homes of older and vulnerable people. The scheme has now been extended and FILT will be working with the Gas Safe Charity, Care & Repair Scotland and Care & Repair Cymru to provide help across the UK.

FILT Chair, Baroness Kay Andrews, said: “this funding will provide much needed support to many vulnerable and older people across the UK. I am delighted that we are working with our partners across the nations to provide essential support to keep people safe and warm in their homes”.

The Gas Safe Charity funding has been awarded to coordinating charity FILT, as part of a two-year programme and will be used to address the replacement, repair and servicing of dangerous, faulty or insufficient gas appliances and installations that put the safety of older and vulnerable people at risk.

The Gas Safe Chair of Trustees, Gordon Lishman, explained: “Working in partnership across England, Scotland and Wales will help put in place preventive services that directly address the risks of death, injuries and illness caused by dangerous gas work and appliances. The scheme will also help to promote gas safety awareness across the UK.’

This funding represents a significant opportunity for home improvement agencies and care & repair organisations to expand and add real value to locally commissioned services. This scheme also provides significant opportunities in the longer term for the development of new partnerships and profile for the local organisations who delivery of the work.

Scott Malcolm from Angus Care and Repair, said, ‘This is a huge boost to our capability to help those in need. We are looking forward to working with our partners to identify those most in need and enable us to make people safe and warm in their homes’

The qualifying criteria for the scheme is

Home Owners Only
60+ with means tested benefit
60+ with state pension only
21+ who are disabled (no upper age limit)

And the works can cover the following

• Gas safety checks
• Gas Servicing
• Gas Boiler Repairs
• Gas Boiler Combustion Analysis
• Gas Cookers
• Gas Fires
• Gas Pipework
• Gas Meters (excluding meter boxes)
• Gas Water Heaters

For more information contact Angus Care and Repair on 01307 463232 or email at

Gas Safe Charity was established in 2009 by the Gas Safe Register and the Health & Safety Executive. It is an independent, grant-giving charity which supports a number of programmes to promote gas safety and reduce carbon monoxide poisoning in the UK.


Funding Cuts Affect Services

It is with regret that we had to announce yesterday that our Safe as Houses service is closing due to a reduction in funding from the Council.
In addition the funding for small repairs has also been withdrawn and we will now have to charge for small repairs at £20 per hour with no charge for travelling time .
We believe that small repairs are an essential part of helping older and disabled people to remain independent in their own home.
All of our other services:- Advice and assistance to carry out major repairs and adaptations, Home Safety check and Energy advice remain free services and we will also be continuing to install all the minor adaptations as referred by Angus Council Social Work.

Please feel free to call if you require assistance. 01307 463232.


Are you sockets overloaded ?

“The Electrical Safety Council has provided this interactive socket overload calculator.

They created the calculator following concerns raised by Fire & Rescue Services about the risks associated with householders overloading their electrical sockets.  They have tested the calculator with a number of FRS and the response from them has been fantastic.  Feedback included: “It looks good and will be really useful for sharing with people – we’ve found it an incredibly hard issue to explain to people in words alone. ”


Blind Cord Cleats Available – Courier 12/01/13

Thousands of life-saving pieces of equipment intended for Angus families are collecting dust in their boxes, it has emerged.

Forfar-based Angus Care and Repair was sent 3,000 blind cord cleats to avert potential tragedies in the county’s homes, and a scheme was set up to offer them for free with a fitting service.

However, manager Judith Leslie told The Courier: “We got 3,000 in September and probably fitted about 100 so far.”

Perhaps as important, the Scottish Government will sit down to discuss the Angus offer and judge whether its success merits a nationwide drive.

At least 23 children have died in blind cord accidents in the UK since 1999, with 11 occurring since the beginning of 2010.

“Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) have been piloting a scheme to try and stop these type of deaths,” added Ms Leslie.

“Local authorities have done small pilots with these kinds of cleats, however they’ve not been fitted like we’re doing. The problem with that is people then just put them in a drawer or something.

“RoSPA said we’d be the first local authority to do it and provide a fitting service. They’re just sitting in the store, as not nearly as many people as we hoped have come forward.

“What RoSPA also asked me was if we could provide a report for the government then it would show them the benefits and they would spread it across the whole country.

Angus councillor and local authority social work and health convener, Glennis Middleton, said a simple phone call could save a life in Angus, one day.

She said: “I’m aware what a huge tragedy it is for the families concerned and I’m very happy to support this scheme.

“I would urge all families who have blinds fitted in their homes to contact Care and Repair as a matter of urgency.

“This is a real opportunity to have the safety measure fitted professionally and to a proper standard.

“It’s very quick; it’s very easy and can prevent a tragedy in their homes.

“I will be speaking to the head of housing if this can also be put in our tenant newsletter to let all our tenants know that this is available to them.”

RoSPA Scotland is fitting cleats in Angus homes in association with Angus Care and Repair, using money donated by businesses at a gala dinner in May.

In October, the two-year-old daughter of one of Britain’s wealthiest men died in her cot after becoming entangled with a cord.

Shipping tycoon Morten Hoegh’s daughter Alexandra was found unconscious by her mother in their west London home.

This recent case is only one of a number of high-profile tragedies that RoSPA argue can be easily prevented, but could happen to anyone.

Research indicates most accidental deaths involving blind cords happen in a bedroom and occur in children aged between 16 months and three years old.

RoSPA has been working across the UK to raise awareness about the dangers of looped blind cords.

More than 130,000 safety packs containing an advice leaflet and a cleat – a small plastic device that is fitted to the side of the window for the operating cord to be wrapped around – have been distributed to families and carers of young children.

Ochil and South Perthshire MP Gordon Banks has been at the forefront of the campaign to ban the cords since the death in his constituency of two-year-old Muireann McLaughlin four years ago.

Ms Leslie added: “We need people to come forward, both to protect their own children but to potentially help other families around Scotland.”