Warrington Home Improvement Agency (whia) is celebrating its success in being awarded the Foundations Home Improvement Agency of the Year 2013 at the Home Improvement Agency and Handyperson Awards 2013.
Foundations is the national body for home improvement agency and handypersons services and has recognised the Warrington Agency for exemplifying the model of a successful Home Improvement Agency, which is able to expand the range of services provided to its clients, whilst operating in a time of austerity by identifying new sources of funding to ensure sustainability.
Whia, which is managed by Warrington Housing Association, has not only increased its number of clients by 130% over the last three years but has also been able to develop a wide range of practical services including gardening, free emergency repairs along with a range of funding options for clients.
The awards ceremony which was hosted by Baroness Andrews was held in the House of Lords on Tuesday 30th April and was attended by senior Members of Parliament and government ministers, including Parliamentary under secretary of state at Department for Communities and Local Government, Baroness Hanham.
Accepting the award on the night was the whia Manager, Geraldine Kiddle, Carolyn Haining and Dianne Cooper who were representing Warrington Borough Council.
“We are delighted to be recognised for the good work we do helping older people and hope that we can raise awareness in the community and reach more people – that’s what we are here to do. The difference that it makes by providing practical assistance for example, getting heating systems repaired and ensuring our clients feel safe at home, gives us a real sense of fulfilment and the award is just the icing on the cake.”
Alan Kemp, Chief Executive of Warrington Housing Association said:
“By working closely with our partners Warrington Borough Council, Warrington Home Improvement Agency has had a massive impact on the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of our community through its delivery of services, guidance and support.”