A NEW funding scheme has launched to help older residents in Warrington cover the costs of small repairs and adaptations to their home.

Residents, who own their home and are aged 60 and over or disabled, can apply for up to £350 through the Better Care Fund, to make practical changes to their home, such as heating and electrical repairs, boiler and fire servicing and improvements to reduce the risk of falls.

Geraldine Kiddle, director of Warrington Home Improvement Agency (WHIA), who will be undertaking the work in partnership with Warrington Borough Council, said: "It is critical that we help people who are at risk of admission to hospital by addressing avoidable risks in the home.

"With this fund we will be able to get repairs and improvements done quickly that will make a real difference to their health.

"That could be keeping people warm through heating system repairs, or helping them get around the home safely."

Alongside the repairs, applicants will also be able to access free advice to save money on bills and make sure eligible benefits are claimed.

To find out more about accessing the grant, contact the WHIA team on whia@wha.org.uk or call 246812.