Free Gardening Service for Older People.

Age Action’s Care & Repair programme is providing odd-jobs and DIY work free of charge for older people in Cork. The service has been in operation since 2009 and is expanding year on year as demand grows.  Regional Manager John O’Mahony says that gardening work is particularly popular at this time of year. “During the summer months basic gardening work can be very difficult for older people. Our volunteers are happy to help with tasks such as weeding the garden, trimming hedges and general garden tidy-up. Other household tasks such as installing smoke alarms, changing locks, painting and moving furniture can also cause difficulties. My advice to any older person who may be finding it difficult to manage these jobs is to call us in the Age Action office. Our team will help in any way we can.”  Age Action also keeps a list of reliable tradesmen so that older people won’t be ripped off when they employ people to work in their homes. Mr. O’ Mahony continued “There is no charge for the Care & Repair service. People only have to pay for materials used. For bigger jobs that our volunteers can’t do, we keep a list of reliable tradesmen whose contact details we can provide for professional quotations.”  To inquire about the Care & Repair service or to request a job, simply call Age Action’s office. The older people’s charity can be reached at 021-4536554  email jomahony@ageaction.ie or see www.ageaction.ie

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