L.E.A.P. - Hands on Project

The Hands on Project provides Befriending and in-house practical assistance for the elderly, disabled and those who are housebound. Volunteers from the local community are recruited and trained to carry out the tasks requested and are supported by a Volunteer Development Officer.


Current opportunities

The Hands on Project (HOP) is a well established project which provides an invaluable handyperson service to isolated members of the community who are frail, elderly, disabled or have mobility problems. The service provides practical assistance with minor tasks around the home such as changing smoke detector batteries, changing light bulbs or curtains or fitting new curtain or towel rails and many other tasks. We do not carry out decorating. Volunteers will not be asked to undertake tasks outside their comfort zone but will be allocated tasks according to their level of skill and expertise.

The Hands on Project (HOP) is a well established project which provides an invaluable handyperson service to isolated members of the community who are frail, elderly, disabled or have mobility problems. The service provides practical assistance with minor tasks around the home such as changing smoke detector batteries, changing light bulbs or curtains or fitting new curtain or towel rails and many other tasks. We do not carry out decorating. Volunteers will not be asked to undertake tasks outside their comfort zone but will be allocated tasks according to their level of skill and expertise.

The Befrienders provide a valuable service which aims to improve and enhance the quality of life of those people who use the service. The Hands on Project relies on the skills, experience and talents of a pool of volunteers recruited and trained by the project. The ultimate aim of the project is to promote active community participation, self-help and empowerment, as well as breaking down the isolation many housebound people suffer through lack of social contact. It also gives users an opportunity to exercise greater control over their own lives.

A befriender will be matched with an older person in their area that is isolated. They will spend time with them offering companionship to build their confidence and link them back into social activities. We offer this through a befriending and a handyperson service. Many people in our community have very few visitors or people to go and see them so our volunteers spend time with someone in their local area in order to build up their confidence in getting out and about again. This may be having a coffee and getting to know each other at first and eventually linking into a group that runs locally that they can then get to independently in the future.