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Loans and grants are available to vulnerable or disabled people with a low income. You will need to provide information and proof about your income and savings, call us for a preliminary means test.

If you don't qualify for grants or loans we may still be able to provide advice.

West of England Care and Repair can help you apply for loans and grants and provide expertise and support if you are facing bigger building works or repair jobs.

Call our Home Energy Advice Line on 0800 038 5680 for advice on installing loft and cavity wall insulation and energy efficiency improvements.

Disabled facilities grant

A disabled facilities grant helps you pay for adaptations such as stairlifts and walk in showers. The maximum grant is £30,000 

  • Call Sirona Care and Health on 01225 396000 to ask for an Occupational Therapy (OT) assessment.  
  • The OT will help you decide what adaptations are necessary  
  • A housing officer will arrange a home visit to check that the proposed works are reasonable and practical.

The OT can also provide non means tested equipment such as a commode, perching stool, raised toilet seat, chair or bed raisers or arrange minor alterations (rails or small ramp) to help you:

  • Climb your stairs
  • get on and off your chair, bed or toilet
  • get in and out of your bath
  • get in and out of your home

Home improvement loan  

A home improvement loan helps home owners pay for essential repairs that make their home safe to live in. The maximum loan is £15,000

You must be either over 60 or have a disability or a long term limiting illness or have a child under 16.

  • Call us to ask for a home improvement loan assessment
  • A housing officer will arrange a home visit to see if the repairs qualify
  • Wessex Home Improvement Loans will assess your application and offer a choice of payback options. The interest rate is 4%.

Urgent repair grant 

An urgent repair grant helps home owners pay for repair needed to prevent an accident or ill health, for example to fix a broken boiler of repair dangerous electrics. The maximum grant is £1,000

You must be either over 60 or have a disability or a long term limiting illness or have a child under 16.

  • Call West of England Care and Repair on 0300 323 0700 to ask for an urgent repair grant
  • A housing officer will arrange a home visit to see if the repairs qualify

 

 

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