Foundations is appointed by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government to oversee a national network of nearly 200 home improvement agencies (HIAs) and handyperson providers across England.
HIAs are locally commissioned services that ensure people are able to stay safe, secure and warm and retain independence in their own home. They offer holistic services to their clients, helping to improve a person’s wellbeing as well as offering practical solutions around the home.
Our core objectives are to:
- develop the capacity of the home improvement agency sector
- represent the sector to government and other stakeholders, and
- maintain a database of home improvement agency services for the general public
What is a handyperson service?
Services typically cover:
- Small building repairs;
- Minor adaptations (such as installation of grab rails or temporary ramps);
- "Odd" jobs (for example, putting up curtain rails and shelves, moving furniture);
- General home safety checks with remedial action (for example safety checking or repairing/replacing appliances);
- Falls/accident prevention checks with remedial action (for example, securing loose carpets or putting up grab rails);
- Security checks with remedial action (for example, checking and replacing window and door locks);
- Energy efficiency (for example installing low energy light bulbs, draft proofing);
- Signposting clients to other services.
For further information, please visit our national website or contact us.