New Equity Release Project Officer (Post now filled)

Les Kinvig has started with Care and Repair as our new Project Officer dealing with the Scottish Governments Equity Release pilot scheme for Argyll and Bute.  Les takes over from George Gall who has done a great job getting this program off the ground and now returns to his Care and Repair Officer duties dealing with major disability adaptations for our clients. 

Argyll & Bute Care and Repair entered into a partnership with the Energy Savings Trust to pilot ‘Help for Homes’ – an equity release funded home improvement and energy efficiency service.

The Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland: Equity Loans scheme (HEEPS: Equity Loans) provides equity loans of up to £40,000 towards the capital cost of installing eligible energy efficiency measures and essential repairs for owner occupiers and smaller private sector landlords. The pilot project, was launched in three Care and Repair areas including Argyll and Bute and offers assistance through the process by Care and Repair from application to completion of works for applicants who would benefit from support through the process.

For more information

Les can be contacted at lkinvig@abcarerepair,co,uk or on 07880 234580 if you would like any further details or to arrange a visit.

Alternatively please contact our Oban office on 01631 567780 and we will have Les contact you.


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Due to the current coronavirus situation we have had to change some of the ways we work.

At present, our Housing Support Officers will continue to support Occupational Therapy, Telecare and Social Work to install critical and urgent minor aids and adaptations, technology enabled care equipment and safety and security items in vulnerable clients homes.  Our Handyperson small repairs service has also been reintroduced following the relaxing of lockdown measures in July.

Our Care And Repair Officers, dealing with grant approvals work for major adaptations, continue to assist and support clients by phone and online and are also able to carry out client home visits following the relaxation of lockdown measures.

Any visits carried out by our officers will follow our strict protocols and health and safety procedures and you will be fully informed of these prior to any visit taking place.  Our procedures require us to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), maintain social distancing while in your home and following sanitising procedures for handwashing and disposing of PPE used during the visit.

 Our office staff are working remotely, but the Care And Repair Manager and Office Administrator can be contacted on 01631 567780 or on at any time 09.00 till 17.00, Mon to Fri. If you have a specific need, or particular requirement to visit our office then you should contact either one to make an appointment.

Care and Repair staff are trying to support our health and social care partners and community efforts in any way we can throughout the Covid pandemic. Please feel free to contact us to discuss anything you believe may be able to assist you with.

In the meantime, stay safe and well,

 Steven Clarkson,

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