Improving Homes, Improving Lives

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Home improvements, Adaptations and Repairs

Orkney Care and Repair are managed by Orkney Housing Association Ltd; the service is funded by Orkney Islands Council.

You can visit our offices in Victoria Street, Kirkwall or contact by the usual means. Full address and directions on our “Contact Us” Page

Care and Repair operate throughout Scotland to offer independent advice and assistance to help home owners repair, improve and adapt their homes so that they can live in comfort and safety in their own community.

We have now been delivering this service in Orkney since 1988, offering personal, financial, and technical support to people facing the difficult task of repairing, improving or adapting their homes.

The provision of advice and information is a central part of Care and Repair’s role as well as providing practical assistance with grant applications and coordinating repairs.  Care and Repair is a home-based and personalised service which puts the client in control of decisions.

Staff visit people at home and assist them through the entire process of deciding what work is to be done, arranging finance and organising the building works.

Each case involves an individualized approach; often staff must cross disciplinary and departmental boundaries, working closely with Health, Housing, Occupational Therapy and Social Work staff.

Building works are funded from a variety of sources; including local authority grants, benefits, own savings, equity release, home loans and charitable funds.

Although Orkney Care and Repair cannot pay for the works, we can:

  • Advise and help with an individually tailored range of housing options.
  • Help you decide what repairs are needed.
  • Give you an idea of how much the work will cost.
  • Help you find suitable builders or use our own Small Repairs and Adaptations Service where possible
  • Assist you to fill in forms and organise paperwork.
  • Help you cope with problems and upset in the home while the work is being done.
  • Organise plans and specifications.
  • Give advice on and help apply for grants and loans.
  • Compile a financial package of assistance to enable works to proceed.
  • Put you in touch with other agencies which may be able to help.