On yer bike! Netherley man lands handyman role with a difference
Published by Roisin Rowley-Smith for Riverside in Communities and also in Environment, Housing
Freewheeling Alan en route for repairs
Social landlord, Riverside launched a back to the future approach to carrying out repairs, with its first Carbon Neutral Repairs Handypersons service in the Netherley area of Liverpool.
Riverside tenant, Alan Wainwright, was appointed through Springboard, Riverside’s project to get people back to work. Handyman Alan is set to cycle his way around the area to carry out minor repairs, cutting out the use of a van and saving carbon along the way.
Alan, who lives in the Netherley area, will become the eyes and ears of the community, building a relationship with customers who need small scale repairs to their homes.
Riverside’s Chief Executive, Carol Matthews, met him to find out more about his unique role with Evolve, Riverside’s repairs and maintenance service.
Carol said: “I’m sure Alan will build an excellent rapport with tenants. If the project works well we may roll it out to other neighbourhoods.”
Cllr Anne O’Byrne and Riverside’s divisional director Neil Townsend also attended the launch of the service, with Claire Bland of Springboard and Brian Gates from Evolve. Claire added: “Alan was an ideal candidate for this role. His handyman skills, local knowledge and enthusiasm will stand him in good stead. He’s also looking forward to keeping fit and doing his bit for the environment.”