Lord Best and MP Hilary Benn joined around 100 clients, partners and professionals at The Vinery Centre in Leeds to celebrate 30 years of service by one of the city’s leading voluntary organisations.
Care & Repair Leeds helps clients maintain their independence at home, reducing the need for care homes, hospital stays and admissions.
It has helped more than 25,000 people to gain their independence after a hospital stay and the firm - which has charitable status - estimates its services have been used more than 250,000 times in the last 30 years.
Lord Best said: “It is great to be celebrating the brilliant work of this organisation. Care & Repair Leeds has made a huge difference to so many peoples’ lives.
“It has made it possible for people to live independently in their own homes in much improved conditions. Few things are more important than that.
“Keeping all of us older people out of hospital and out of residential care is enormously valuable – not just to us but to the health and care services. Many congratulations to Care & Repair Leeds.”
Care & Repair helps with a range of changes, large and small, to help ensure their clients home is safe and suitable for them now and in the future.
This might include improved heating, repairs, extensions, lifts and ramps, rewiring and roofing or security measures.
Pam Taylor Fawcett, a client who had an extension with wet room for her young disabled son, said: “I can’t get over to this day how easy it was.
“I was very anxious about the work being done – but I could not be less stressed.
“Nothing was too much trouble. There’s no price on peace of mind, you get control back over your own life.”