Longhurst Group relaunches Garden Support Fund

Longhurst Group is delighted to announce that our popular Garden Support Fund scheme is back for 2021.

The scheme is designed to help our general needs customers who are unable to maintain their garden as they would otherwise like, due to age, illness, disability or mobility issues or vulnerability.

Following the launch of the scheme last year, customers from across the Group were given a helping hand with grass-cutting, hedge trims and the treating of path edges to keep them free from weeds.

To provide support to those most in need, the scheme also provided a Bespoke Service offer which saw additional works completed for our most vulnerable customers, while the scheme’s Security Service offer covered work to help customers feel more secure in their homes.

Previously, customers could only be referred to the scheme by their Housing Officer, however, this year, customers who meet the criteria will now be able to apply for support themselves.

The Fund is open to General Needs customers who consider themselves to meet one or more of the criteria in the categories below:

Category One: The Elderly

  • Aged 80 or above and in receipt of state benefits
  • Living with mobility issues and/or a disability and in receipt of full Housing Benefit
  • Has no one else at home who could help maintain the garden
  • Has an up-to-date gas service
  • Not in arrears with rent
  • Not already in receipt of the existing grounds maintenance service.

Category Two: Those with mobility issues and/or a physical disability

  • Living with mobility issues and/or a disability and in receipt of state benefits
  • Has no one else at home who could help maintain the garden
  • Has a clear rent account
  • Has an up-to-date gas service
  • Not already in receipt of the existing grounds maintenance service.

Category Three: Vulnerable customers

  • Has poor mental health, a learning disability or a long-term illness that increases risk of targeting or ASB due to the condition of the garden
  • Has full-time, live-in carers
  • Is a survivor of domestic abuse and requires help with the cutting back of hedges to increase visibility and improve sightlines
  • Is experiencing hate crime and requires support with the cutting back of hedges to increase visibility and improve sightlines
  • Has no one else at home who could help maintain the garden
  • Has an up-to-date gas service
  • Not already in receipt of the existing grounds maintenance service.

Customers who would like to be considered for support from the fund are encouraged to speak to their Housing Officer, who’ll complete an application on their behalf. This will then be assessed, and customers will be informed of the outcome in due course.

Applications opened on Friday, 26 February and close on Monday, 22 March, with the programme of work taking place between mid-April and October.


    
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