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Pay Ahead, Stay Ahead


I was delighted to help launch Pay Ahead, Stay Ahead – a three year project to help young Birmingham tenants to get off to a positive start.

If you’re aged between 16 and 24 and either a first time social housing tenant or considering social housing, then Pay Ahead, Stay Ahead is for you! The scheme helps young people develop the life and money management skills they need to sustain a tenancy; offers advice and support from mentors and  opportunities for work placements and volunteering.

For more information, visit or call the team for free on 0800 160 1990.


Could the HandyVan help you?

I’m often asked by older residents whether there is any help available with getting small repairs done to their homes, or assistance with getting home security measures like door chains or window locks fitted.

The well respected charity Age UK is now running a HandyVan service in the Birmingham area.  It aims to help people in later life feel safer in their own homes, providing help with those all important repairs and safety measures.

The service is delivered by fully qualified, police-vetted HandyVan fitters who have been trained to support older people and assist in overcoming day-to-day and longer term concerns in the home.  The HandyVan fitter is responsible for visiting people’s homes, assessing what security/safety measures and small repairs are needed and, subject to approval, will install the necessary equipment.

To qualify for assistance, you must be 60 years of age or older and have less than £20,000 in savings (excluding the value of your property).

If you would like to make use of this service, or have a friend or relative you think may benefit from the HandyVan, please take a look at the Age UK website by clicking here.