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'Let's Get Steady' project highly commended at national housing awards ceremony

Our Care and Repair team has been highly commended for its joint falls prevention project with Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), 'Let's Get Steady', in the Innovation Award category at this year's national Home Improvement Agency Awards.

The annual Home Improvement Agency Awards, organised by Foundations, celebrates the work of 170 social-value driven organisations throughout England that provide adaptations and other services designed to help disabled and older people live independently in their own homes.

Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith, Lead Cllr for Social Welfare, Heritage and the Arts said: "I'm delighted that the innovative work of our Care and Repair team has been recognised nationally with this commendation. It's important that we look out for the welfare of those who may be getting more unsteady on their feet and our falls prevention scheme draws together a whole range of ways that we can help. You can be referred to the service through your GP or by contacting our Care and Repair team, so please get in touch if you think we can help."

Guildford Borough Council, who developed the project in partnership with Guildford and Waverley CCG, was commended for developing a programme of free falls prevention sessions which are available to elderly and vulnerable people at risk of falling in their homes.

The session offers advice on adaptations to home environment, strength and balance exercises, and nutrition, among other topics. Access to services including the Council's handy person scheme, which can also provide a home check and fit grab rails and banister rails, is also available free of charge through the 'Let's Get Steady' programme.

To date, the Care and Repair team has delivered regular monthly sessions to over 140 people, each session having a cost saving to the NHS of ¬£3,153 per session.

Winners and shortlisted organisations were joined by representatives from the Department for Communities and Local Government, Department of Health and leading charities including HACT, National Energy Action, Independent Age and Age UK at a ceremony in the House of Lords to celebrate their achievements.

Awards host Lord Best said: "Once again, these awards demonstrate the innovative work being undertaken by home improvement agencies across the country.

"They are playing a crucial role in enabling people to live safely in their own homes and in the process are helping to relieve the pressure on health and social care services."

Paul Smith, director of Foundations, the national body for home improvement agencies (HIA), said: "What is particularly inspiring is the way in which HIAs have sought to develop robust and sustainable services to meet local health and care priorities, innovating and collaborating with others to deliver tangible outcomes for their customers."

To contact our Care and Repair team, call 01483 444476.

Published on Monday 25 September.