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Advice

Our advice and support is free. We work with a great number of both statutory and voluntary sector organisations so if we do not know the answer to a question we probably know someone who does, so don't be afraid to ask.

We are members of AdviceUK and we have specialist caseworkers who can assist in many different ways. We can help you claim any benefits to which you are entitled and if you do not know what you are entitled to we can advice you on that.

We have Housing Options caseworkers. The Housing Options Service is for disabled/older people, their relatives and Carers. It provides information and advice on all aspects of Housing whatever your tenure.

Our priority is to help you understand all of your options and help you reach the right decision for your situation.

We can visit you in your own home to talk things through, giving you advice on all of your housing options, which may include:

  • - Staying where you are with some adaptations
  • - Buying an alternative property
  • - Choosing residential or nursing home care
  • - Moving to alternative rented accommodation

Support

We can help to fill in the Homefinder Application forms, search for properties each week, and make applications for suitable properties on your behalf.

We can offer practical support with the move, including arranging a removal van, reading meters etc., arranging housing/council tax benefit where appropriate.

We also help with hospital discharge – especially if client is unable to return to property and need help finding alternative accommodation to help prevent “bed-blocking”.

Above all do not be afraid to ask any questions you may have, it costs nothing and couild make a significant difference to your life.

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How does it work?

Have you an empty property – perhaps you inherited it, perhaps you bought it with the intention of letting it, but it needs some work and you cannot finance the refurbishment? Have you got empty accommodation above your business premises which needs some work before you can rent it out? Haven’t got the time to do the work yourself, or are you perhaps an absentee Landlord who finds it difficult to manage a property from afar? Can’t be bothered or had a bad experience with contractors, or finding and managing tenants? Then the property is costing you money. Not only are you not getting rent, but you are paying council tax and if your property is empty it is a deteriorating asset, damp, condensation, vandalism, squatters or simple neglect, will all devalue your property. Somerset Care and Repair can help in one of two ways. We can either:

  1. Organise and oversee any repair/conversion works to the property that may be required to let you live in it, or rent it out yourselves.
  2. Or
  3. We can undertake the work and if you do not want the hassle of looking after the tenants you can lease the property to us and we will manage it for you.
You will also benefit as;
  • We will pay you guaranteed rent for the duration of the lease period no matter what happens.
  • We will return the property to you at the end of the lease period in a saleable or rentable condition

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What's in it for me?

Whichever way we do it if a property is brought back into use:

  1. You won’t be paying council tax on a property which isn’t earning you money. Council tax can now be 150% on an empty property.
  2. You will not be paying utility standing charges.
  3. You may be entitled to a grant and/or low cost loan to help with the cost of undertaking the work
  4. We will take care of the work, scheduling it, organising contractors and overseeing the work to a high standard and finish.
  5. If you lease the property to SC&R you can forget about it until the end of the lease when;
  6. You get the property back in a saleable or rentable condition.

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Total Home 100

With Total Home 100, we aim to supply 100% of your home maintenance needs

TotalHome 100 can provide free, no obligations quotes for a range of services including, but not limited to;

  1. All electrical works within the home
  2. Repairing or replacing timber and Upvc windows and doors
  3. Repairing and servicing Gas, Oil and LPG boilers and appliances
  4. All carpentry works
  5. All roofing works on both pitched and flat roofs
  6. Building access ramps to your home including grab rails, external lifts and key clamp railing systems
  7. Plastering
  8. Fencing and gardening work
  9. General building works
  10. Decorating
  11. Minor DIY - Curtain rails, Shelving, Grab rails, Etc.

All works are fully guaranteed and you will be supplied with full certification if the works demand, such as new electrical installations or gas works.

TotalHome 100 is a service that has been developed by Somerset Care & Repair and the works are actually carried out by professional contractors, who we have forged a strong relationship with over many years. We maintain a strong interest in every clients case and all works are ultimately overseen by Care & Repair.

Who's eligible and is it free?

Unfortunately there is a charge and because every job is totally different from the next, you will be given an estimate of the cost of the works before any work commences so you are kept fully informed from start to finish.

For larger or more unusual projects our contractors will make an appointment with you and survey the job in order to give you the best quotation possible.

If the cost given to you is more that you thought it might be; although we try to be very competitive; all you have to do is say 'no'. We are not high pressure sales people and you will not be troubled by the contractor. You may however, receive a follow up call from Care & Repair to see if there is anything else we can do to help you as we do not like to leave you, the client, without the help you have asked us for.

Absolutely any member of the public within Care and Repairs geographical area of works is eligible for the Total home 100 service. This is a service to the Community from Somerset Care & Repair to ensure good quality, safe and fairly priced works are carried out to your home.

Please contact us today to see how we can help you. You will find our staff are very friendly and knowledgeable.

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What we do in the warehouse...

The Woodbin has been set up for two important reasons;

  1. One - To reduce landfill waste and promote recycling of unwanted, but still useful, materials and;
  2. Two- to provide much needed training opportunities for long-term unemployed.

Both of these issues are very important to us and we are working hard to make a real difference. The project has already helped over 20 volunteers from various agencies improve there job prospects by boosting self-esteem, team-work and practical skills. The projects works by collecting excess materials from a range of sources and using them as materials to train our volunteers to make beautiful, bespoke and unusual products we can then retail to cover the costs of the project.

The money we make is used to expand the training opportunities we can offer and we work closely with the DWP, Probation service, Volunteer service and local volunteers to provide as many opportunities as possible for those who need them most.

We are a cheaper, cleaner and greener alternative to using skips and landfill and have already prevented 20 tons of wood and bricks from entering landfill! We re-use, recycle or recreate almost 100% of the materials we collect, from the nails we pull out of pallets to the sawdust created by our machinery, we find a use for it all!

The Woodbin offers a range of products but can also cater for bespoke, made-to-order items, so if you want a new, unusual or out-of-this world item, hand crafted and made to your specification give us a call and our design team will help make it a reality! From beds to coffee tables, benches to speakers, desks to artwork - if you can think of it, we can make it!

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Can i get involved?

The Woodbin survives due to the generosity and help from its volunteers and suppliers and if you have some spare time, some expertise you'd like to share or want to brush up on your DIY skills we would love to have you on board.

We greatly appreciate any help given and are open to new and exciting ideas so if you have a particular skill set that you think you could pass on to others then get in touch. We would love to hear from carpenters, artists, whittlers, anyone with a flair for the creative really. we are looking at running classes in 2016 for female DIY, basic woodwork, creative construction and picture framing so if you would like to get involved let us know.

Alternatively using the Woodbin as your local timber supplier, bespoke furniture maker or present finder would be a great help. The items we make are all unique and made by hand and every sale we make helps to expand it even further and help more people.

for more information or to discuss having a custom item made please Contact us or visit us at the Woodbin, unit 8, Charlton estate, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5QE

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Scooters and Rise/Recline chairs

Somerset Care and Repair takes pride in its excellent customer service, we don't push, beg or use any hard sales techniques, We don't offer bogus "one day only special offers", we don't turn up uninvited and we don't overstay our welcome.

What we do do is offer free, impartial advice and a cup of coffee at our showroom. We have a large off-road carpark to test drive scooters or power chairs and working examples of rise and recline chairs so you can test them for comfort and control. Our dedicated advice team are here to help you so that you can make an informed decision with all the relevant facts before making a purchase.

We have the benefit and pride of being a supplier for one the the UK's leading manufacturers, Electric Mobility allowing a vast choice of colour, style and optional upgrades for both our Scooter and Rise and recline chairs.

Want to know more or see our range of scooter and chairs? visit our designated website and online showroom , pop in to our actual showroom or call us and we'll be happy to help.

Independent living aids

Somerset Care and Repair also have a wide range of Independent living aids to help make your life that little bit easier. From manual wheelchairs, grab rails, access ramps, walking aids to much, much more.

We can offer;

  • - Free advice on having access ramps and rails installed at your property to comply to building and council regulations and even provide a competitive set of quotations from our designated and trusted contractors to carry out the work.
  • - An online shop offering a range of everyday items ordered online and delivered direct to your home (visit our shop to see our product range)
  • - External stairlifts or wheelchair lifts to access your property or garden
  • - Police approved key safes and door entry systems to keep you safe and secure
  • - And much more...

Visit our showroom, online shop or call us to see how we can help you today

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