Belle Isle Elderly Winter Aid (BIEWA) was established in 1985 in response to severe winter weather conditions which put the health of older people in danger from the effects of cold weather in this particularly bad winter. The health effects were exacerbated by poor housing stock, poor insulation and unaffordable fuel bills. Belle Isle is recognised as a deprived area and older people’s income is a particular issue in this area.
The services offered by BIEWA have developed from this initial focus on Winter Health issues to encompass a wide range of activities addressing problems of Poverty, Ill Health and Loneliness. We work to address these needs in the following strategic areas, Social Contact; Safety & Security; House & Home; Healthy Living and Winter Warmth. The activities and services developed to address these needs will be in response to what we have been told by older people and in partnership with them.
Belle Isle Elderly Aid is a charity registered with the charity commission since 1985 (701895). We are one of forty ‘Neighbourhood Network’ schemes in Leeds supported by Leeds City Council. Our aim is to help older people to remain living at home as long as possible. The organisation is managed by a committee of local residents elected annually at a public meeting.
PRACTICAL HELP AT HOME
A gardening service has been provided by the organisation for over 15 years. The scope of the scheme is limited to Grass Cutting, Hedge Trimming, Strimming and Waste Removal. Clients pay an agreed standard price for the service delivered and the organisation manages the scheme.
BIEWA will negotiate a fair price for the provision of the service, provide work schedules for the garden contractor and deal with any problems which arise.
Our Handyperson can provide a wide range of services for our clients in their homes.
A typical list includes the following jobs: change light bulbs, hang curtains, change smoke alarm battery, install security locks and door chains, attend to dripping tap, supply and fit Keysafe, supply and fit door bell, repair door bell and many more DIY/odd jobs.
We cannot of course do any electrical/gas work.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
We can supply and fit a carbon monoxide alarm, or fit one if you have bought your own. The fitting service if free of charge.
We will refer clients to the fire service for a fire risk survey. The fire service will install a smoke alarm free of charge. We can supply and fit batteries for smoke alarms which have changeable batteries.
We supply thermal clothing during the winter months. We can install draught proofing materials if required. And assist clients with any repairs needed which effect warmth in the home.
Energy/Fuel/Insulation Advice is supplied with our colleagues via the Green Doctor Scheme.
Shopping & Cleaning.
We provide a Shopping and/or Cleaning service for our clients. We offer competitive rates all our workers are Police checked and paid through payroll.
Above are some of the services we provide. We can also recommend reliable tradesmen for other services which we do not provide ourselves.
Belle Isle Elderly Aid
26 Broom Crescent
Belle Isle, Leeds,