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Mend and Tend

What is the service?

Mend and Tend (formally known as DART & Gardens), enabling you to maintain your home and garden.

Mend and Tend is Gosport Voluntary Action’s accredited not-for-profit DIY and gardening service. It is for residents of Gosport who are older/vulnerable and/or have a disability and would like to continue living independently in their own home.

Our ‘Mend’ service includes: Our ‘Tend’ service includes:
  • Inside painting and decorating
  • External painting
  • Wallpapering
  • Building shelves
  • Putting up curtain rails
  • Mending fences
  • Installing grab rails
  • Installing stair rails
  • Repairing doors
  • Putting up pictures
  • Minor plumbing repairs: Tap washers & Plumbing in washing machines
  • General gardening work
  • Weeding
  • Mowing
  • Hosing
  • Light pruning
  • Hedge trimming
The service does not include:

  • Changing/fitting security alarms
  • Fitting fire alarms
  • Electrical Work


The service does not include:

  • Garden waste removal

Is there a cost for the service?

Yes, our non-profit service costs are:

£12 per hour for the Mend and Tend service (as of 1st May 2023), paid directly to your Mend and Tend worker at the end of each visit. A receipt will be issued.

Administration fees update (April 2023)
Mend & Tend have been successfully awarded funding from The Inman Trust. We are very happy to be able to pass this saving onto our customers, for up to one year, from 1st April 2023. The funding will cover the project management cost this year, which enables us to not charge the monthly administration fee.

Is there anything else required?

We ask that you are able to supply the materials beforehand, including tools, or alternatively give the Mend and Tend workers the money to purchase any items before the work begins. Mend and Tend workers have been instructed not to buy any materials without first agreeing the cost and receiving the money from the customer.

Money must always be in cash unless a cheque payment or bank transfer has been agreed.

An estimate of the number of hours it will take to finish the work will be given by the Mend and Tend workers. Please let him/her know how much you can afford to spend before they start the work.

Gosport Borough Council also offer a Garden Waste Recycling Scheme. More details are available here.

We ask you to inform us if you are going away on holiday, have hospital visits or are away for any other reason.

Responsibility for any accidental damage lies with the customer.

How can the service be accessed?

To find out more or access the service please contact:

Dawn Ward, Manager on 02392 604682 or

Emma May, Co-ordinator on 02392 503871 or

Anyone can make a referral for this service.

Further information

Mend and Tend workers are recruited on a self-employed basis. They are not professionals, however they are people with relevant experience and good DIY skills as well as being reliable, honest and trustworthy.

Mend and Tend workers have submitted two references and have all undergone a DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check. For your safety, they will carry Gosport Voluntary Action identity cards.

As we rely on locally based workers to provide this service, it may not be possible to do your work immediately. We will add your name to our waiting list and then contact you when someone is free to help.

Would you like to become a Mend and Tend Worker?

We are currently looking for people with good DIY, manual or gardening skills to help us deliver this service. For more information or help with any of the above, please contact the team on 02392 503871 or e-mail

Feedback and complaints

We welcome feedback, comments, suggestions and complaints. We actively encourage you to contact us with your feedback, whether good or bad.

We have a complaints procedure so that any cause for concern may be expressed in the strictest confidence. Please do not hesitate to contact us.


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