Mend & Tend Impact Report 2022-2023
Mend & Tend have experienced yet another extremely busy year and welcomed 100 new customers. Recruiting gardeners and handy workers to meet the demand has, as ever, proven difficult.
With the cost-of-living crisis, some of the communities most vulnerable residents are needing to prioritise their outgoing costs, with many choosing between eating and paying bills. An unkempt garden and home will affect mental health and wellbeing and can also target scammers for doorstep crime. Due to this concern, Mend & Tend submitted an application for funding to the Inman Trust, in the hope that if funding was secured, we could offer customers some relief from paying the non-profit administration fees & continue to run this much needed service. We were absolutely delighted to hear in November 2022 that we had been successful.
Sincere thanks to the Inman Trust on behalf of Mend & Tend.
Mrs W has struggled with deteriorating mobility over the last couple of years, which has unfortunately caused a few falls. Earlier this year, she received a diagnosis of Parkinson’s.
As a result of these ongoing health challenges, Mrs W was no longer able to get into a bath safely and independently, and therefore needed to have a walk-in shower fitted to ensure her safety. Due to the escalating costs of professional tradesmen, Mrs W contacted the GVA Mend & Tend team to request support with the finishing touches.
Mend & Tend self-employed worker, John, visited Mrs W to discuss the scope and potential costs of the decorating work required. John purchased the paint and promptly got to work, so that Mrs W could rest, all the while knowing that her bathroom would soon be finished to a high, professional standard, yet at a much more affordable price.
Upon completion of the decorating job, Mend & Tend client Mrs W, commented: “It looks so lovely! I’m so happy; everyone comments on how nice my bathroom looks. It’s one less thing to worry about.”