Middlesbrough Staying Put
Middlesbrough Staying Put Agency is an advice & repair service enabling older, vulnerable and disabled people to live independently.
The Agency is Middlesbrough's home improvement agency and it was established in 1991. It works with Social Care and other organisations to provide a service to help older people, people of all ages with disabilities and those who are otherwise vulnerable to remain and live more independently in their own homes.
The Agency will give advice on repairs, improvements or adaptations to your home and will provide information about financial assistance and can offer practical help to investigate other sources of funding.
If you are looking at moving or more suitable accommodation, the Agency can help you with your 'Housing Options'.
The Agency operates the Middlesbrough Mobile Adapt and Mend Service (MMAMS) handyperson scheme which offers essential minor repairs and minor adaptations which can include minor plumbing and joinery repairs, grab rails, stair rails, half steps and clearing guttering.
The Agency can also take the worry of organising house repairs, adaptations or improvements through their Private Works service. For a small administration fee they will:
- Visit your home to discuss what work is wanted.
- Obtain estimates from experienced contractors for the work.
- Provide advice on practical matters whilst the work is in progress.
- Liaise with builders.
- Inspect the work to ensure it has been carried out to an acceptable standard.
Middlesbrough Staying Put offers a range of services for older people in the Middlesburgh area. Please click on any of the links below to find out more.
An example of the work we do
Mr A was referred to the Agency via Social Services Hospital Team to investigate several major repair and heating issues with his home. He has been in Hospital several times this year with health issues. He has also been subject to financial abuse through some local people who had befriended him, the police have been involved.
The caseworker has had several meetings with family and social workers to determine what financial state Mr A is in now and make sure his income is maximised. A Decent Homes Survey has been carried out on the property and a list of works needed has been identified and is currently being drawn up. To make sure that Mr A is as safe and comfortable for now, CO Monitors and a microwave have been installed. A referral has been made to the agency's partner who delivers boiler/central heating replacements.
Rehousing was looked into and discussed but the initial feedback was that nothing would move very quickly as Mr A already had a property.
A major hurdle has arisen as we have found that the house was left by his step mother to 2 family members (who he has no contact with) but the will stipulates they cannot have the property until Mr A moves out. The caseworker is currently looking into this issue with Mr A's brother.
Key people & contact details
Martin Robinson (pictured left) is our Housing Options Advisor and Caseworker.
Contact Matin at:
General contact details:
Suzanne Hodge manages the Staying Put Agency.
Shirley Pew is our Support & Development Officer.
Wayne White Leads the Technical Team.
David Myers and Barry Brown are the Technical Officers.
Sharon Bone is our Progress Co-ordinator .
Freephone: 0800 5875184
Write: Middlesbrough Staying Put Agency, Middlesbrough Council, PO Box 504, Civic Centre, Middlesbrough, TS1 9FY
Website: Middleborough Staying Put
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