How can I find a reliable tradesperson?

St Helens Council Trading Standards have created a Trader Register for the benefit of both local consumers and traders. All Traders listed on the register have demonstrated their commitment to fair and honest trading practices and the delivery of good customer service. The register is available online and you can also view ratings and comments from previous customers to help you choose the right service for you.

St Helens Home Improvement Agency can provide practical help in finding home maintenance by identifying what is wrong with your home and advise how best to put it right from the beginning of the process to the end e.g. provide a list of approved contractors, schedule of work, cost estimation and checking the work after it is finished.

Arena Care and Repair helps older people, those living with a disability and families on low incomes to carry out minor repair work to their homes (minor repair work is classed as taking less than two hours to complete and excludes decoration, gardening, fencing, slabbing etc). People using the service only pay for the cost of materials and not for the cost of labour, and a Hardship Fund is available to pay for the cost of materials in limited cases. Please contact 01744 671 679 for more information.

Age UK provide a service through their volunteers called ‘Helping Hands’ – this service is to help older people with small domestic tasks such as changing a light bulb, moving furniture, clearing clutter or defrosting a freezer.