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No job too small

 

No job too small  

The 50plus Organisation  

Some time ago, Helen Franks wrote about the need for an organisation that would Send Someone Round to do odd handyman jobs in the home, and suggested that older or retired people with relevant expertise would be just the people to do it. Now Roger Runswick has set up the 50plus Organisation which is just the job. Here’s how it works …  

There are times in life – all too often actually –  when  all you want is someone to fix a washer on the tap or put up curtain rails or fill a bit of grouting that has worn away.   

    

Inevitably, no self-respecting builder or decorator will be bothered to come out to do the job, or if they do, they will charge a small fortune. You ask friends and neighbours to recommend someone but they’re in the same boat too.  ‘If you find anyone, let us know,’ is the typical response.  

Now, thanks to Roger Runswick, we have a name to recommend. Roger’s brainchild is called the 50plus Organisation, and it recruits and  employs people of 50 plus who can tackle a broad range of jobs to provide that elusive handyman – or woman – service.  He says he hates the expression ‘no job to small’ but admits that it’s exactly right.  

Roger, based in Chesham in Buckinghamshire, has a background in electronic engineering and management consultancy, setting up services for companies.  A couple of years ago, at the age of 50. he decided to go freelance and set up ‘one more venture’ of his own. Now his organisation is running in Buckinghamshire, adjoining areas of Berkshire and Middlesex, parts of Hertfordshire and a wide area of Manchester and its southern surrounds from Altrincham to Glossop.  He has plans to expand all over the UK , and here at laterlife, frankly we can’t wait.

How does the 50plus Organisation work?

There’s a central local-rate telephone number – see below.  And a website and email address.  You contact the organisation, say where you are and what you want done, and – given that there is a local operator in your area – you will be given a name and number.

What does the service cost?

There is a basic hourly rate of 30 plus vat for small jobs, less for decorating which might take several days. You might get an estimate on the ‘phone for something like repairing a tap washer, or someone will come round to give an estimate on bigger jobs.  And there’s no call out charge.  

What kind of work does the 50plus Organisation offer?

Electrical – including installing extra light fittings, plumbing such as installing dishwashers or putting in a new bathroom suite, putting up shelves or curtain rails, computer setting up and repairs.  Anything around the home that needs fixing.  

Do you have to be 50-plus to employ the service?

No, anyone of any age can use it.

How is the work team selected?

They work on a franchise basis and anyone of 50 plus can apply through the contact details shown below.  Roger is looking for handypersons (he wants women! Doesn’t have any at the moment) who have the skills to tackle a broad range of jobs. Some of the team have come from a professional background, others from industry. If they want to work a part-time week it’s up to them. If they decide to subcontract, they can do that too.  A key quality: the ability to communicate in an agreeable manner with the customer.  

Is there any quality control?

The organisation takes references  from people who apply to join the franchise, visits them in their own homes, makes police checks and is well covered by insurance.  There’s a  guarantee on making good faulty workmanship (Roger has gone out to fix the odd light fitting himself).  

H.F.

For more information or if you want to use the services of the 50plus Organisation or to offer your services, visit our pages with full details and enquiry forms for the handyman service:

 

 

 


 

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