Home Safety / Maintenance Donations
Age Concern Birmingham is asking for donations to raise money to support our offer of free home safety/maintenance for older vulnerable people living in Birmingham.
Older people are concerned with the risk of being targeted by rogue traders/abuse or lack the funds to carry out work and may put off small jobs, that if not done lead to bigger job going forward.
In a recent article Birmingham Mail quotes:
More than 6,000 people complained of being ripped off by rogue traders in the Midlands in the last year, according to the latest figures.
Coun Barbara Dring, chairman of the council’s licensing and public protection committee, said:
We know that rogue traders target older, vulnerable people in order to extort huge amounts of money for poor and sometimes non-existent work. A typical example is where a trader offers to repair a few tiles on their roof or to clear out their guttering for a small fee of around £20.
Once the traders are up on the roof, they will find more ‘emergency’ work to carry out.
It is in these circumstances that consumers are most vulnerable and when the price can go up to hundreds and sometimes thousands of pounds.
She warned that rogues also asked for cash in a bid to discover whether residents keep money in their homes:
All too often this is followed up with a distraction burglary where a visitor creates a diversion so that an accomplice can gain access to steal goods or cash
Article in Sutton Coldfield Local quotes:
A bogus caller, who bullied a Sutton Coldfield pensioner into handing over £25 for work she never wanted him to do, has been sentenced to three years in prison for burglary.
Jamie Larkman knocked on the 88-year-old’s door in January and asked her if she wanted him to clear out the guttering of her home.
When the pensioner told him she didn’t need the work doing, he ignored her and walked away before appearing a short time later in her back garden with ladders and a bucket.
Within seconds he returned to his victim’s front door for a second time and barged into her house, demanding she hand over cash for the work he claimed she’d agreed for him to do.
For every £25 raised Age Concern Birmingham can provide an hour of quality home maintenance to a vulnerable older adult living within Birmingham.
Please support our campaign and making a donation.