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Swindon HandyVan continues to help older people thaks to Legal & General.

Graham Precey - Head of Corporate and Social Responsibility
Graham Precey
Head of Corporate and Social Responsibility

18 May 2011

Graham Precey - Head of Corporate and Social Responsibility
Graham Precey
Head of Corporate and Social Responsibility

The HandyVan helps older people in the area with safety, security, repairs and adaptations in the home. Legal and General, who has funded the van since 2009, has handed over the mantle to Nationwide as it prepares to move its Swindon based operations to Cardiff. Legal and General officially handed over the HandyVan to Nationwide today (Wednesday 18 May 2011) at the Nationwide head office on Pipers Way.

The Age UK HandyVan visits homes to undertake works including fitting free carbon monoxide detectors, grab rails, door and window locks and smoke alarms. During its two year reign the van has helped more than 600 older people in Swindon to date. The agreement between Nationwide and Legal and General means that older people in the area will continue to benefit from this service, despite Legal and General’s impending change in location. Legal and General will continue to fund the service in Swindon for another year with Nationwide working with Age UK to manage the van and help drive referrals.

Lisa Waite, National HandyVan Manager at Age UK, said: “The collaboration between Nationwide and Legal and General has enabled us to continue offering this crucial service to older people in Swindon. The support will go a long way towards enabling Age UK to help people in later life, to live independently in their own home for as long as possible.”

Annette Kerlin, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Nationwide, said: “Nationwide employees have had the opportunity today to learn more about the work of Age UK and the benefits that the HandyVan can offer our local customers and community. I am really pleased that Nationwide Building Society is able to continue the partnership with Age UK and the support of vital services that it provides”.

Graham Precey, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Legal and General, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to secure commitment to take over the HandyVan Service. Nationwide, as one of Legal & General’s key strategic partners was the obvious choice for Swindon. I would like to thank them for taking on the practical responsibilities. Some of their employees will now be able to nominate people in the Swindon area who will be able to benefit from this invaluable service. Our close relationships with both Age UK and Nationwide means we will still be working together to ensure HandyVan continues to be successful through to the end of April 2012.”

The Age UK HandyVan service has been serving people in later life since 1991 and has helped thousands across the UK. Age UK has a fleet of 26 vans operating throughout the country offering services to people aged 60 or over who have assets of less than £20,000 (not including their home).

For more information about the HandyVan service or to see if you can take advantage of a HandyVan in your area, contact 0845 026 1055.


Notes to editors

Age UK

For media enquiries relating to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland please contact the appropriate national office: Age Scotland on 0131 668 8055, Age Cymru on 029 2043 1562 and Age NI on 028 9024 5729.

Age UK is the new force combining Age Concern and Help the Aged, dedicated to improving later life.

We provide free information, advice and support to over five million people; commercial products and services to over one million customers; and research and campaign on the issues that matter to people in later life. Our work focuses on five key areas: money matters, health and well being, home and care, work and training and leisure and lifestyle. We work with our national partners, Age Scotland, Age Cymru and Age NI (together the Age UK Family), our local Age UK partners in England and local Age Concerns. We also work internationally for people in later life as a member of the DEC and with our sister charity Help Age International.

Age UK is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England (registered charity number 1128267 and company number 6825798). Age Concern England and Help the Aged (both registered charities), and their trading and other associated companies merged on the 1st April 2009. Together they have formed the Age UK Group (“we”). Charitable services are offered through Age UK and commercial products are offered by the Charity’s trading companies, which donate their net profits to Age UK (the Charity).

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