Through the work carried out via the Salford City Council Citywide contract we have developed and established several partnerships that have enabled Helping Hands to increase its services to the elderly and vulnerable people of Salford. We have also made great strides in acting as a hub for other services enabling a one stop shop contact for our client group.
In addition we have worked hard to scope out the network of agencies whose needs and services are in harmony with the Citywide Handypersons Contract and have sought to enter into meaningful partnerships and contracts within these agencies on behalf of Salford City Council, while fulfilling the business requirements and social enterprise principles of Helping Hands.
Our current core partners are as follows:
- We hold regular meetings and have regular contact with Salford’s Occupational Therapists management. They regularly refer clients to us for disabled adaptations. All clients referred within 2006/07 were visited and the work carried out within 7 working days.
- We hold regular meetings and have regular contact with Salford’s Home Improvement Agency. In January 2007 Helping Hands, Occupational Therapy and the Home Improvement Agency designed and agreed cross referral policies and procedures, this enables tracking of referrals and works carried out. This is an improved service to all Salford residents.
- Increasing the availability of childcare for all children
- Improving health and emotional development for all children.
- They aim to achieve their aims by:
- Helping services development disadvantaged areas alongside financial help for parents to afford childcare rolling out the principles driving the Sure Start approach to all services for children and parents.
- Within 2006/07 Helping Hands have fitted a childcare safety package for Sure Start, the package included fitting Safety Gates, Fire Guards, Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Sensory Advisory Team
- We hold regular meetings and have regular contact with Salford’s Sensory Advisory Team. They regularly refer patients to us for faulty equipment and replacement bulbs. These referrals come through as urgent and in some cases require an immediate response. All work has been completed within 2 days of referral. Urgent referrals have been completed between 1 and 4 hours.
- We work with and have received funding in the past from Swinton, Eccles Irlam and Claremont Weaste Community Committees to purchase and fund short term vehicle hire. We continue to support the work of the Community Committees and seek to ensure clients needs are fully met.
A4E Action For Employment
- We have offered placement opportunities to long term unemployed people of Salford. To date we have had a total of 3 females and 6 males on placement, one of which was offered a full time post.
Salford Construction Partnership
- We continue to work with and be active members of the Salford Construction Partnership and hope to support the partnership to widen the participation on construction employment and training of economically inactive people who are at risk of social and financial exclusion. Through this partnership we have now recruited a female handyperson who successfully completed the 8 weeks European Social Fund construction course at Salford College.