We have created this page to provide information about partner organisations or other services which you may find useful.
If you think your organisation should feature here, please contact us and we will review your request.
This page is not an endorsement of other agencies or services, but a guide to assist you with your home repairs and improvements.
Buy with Confidence Search Engine which is organised by Trading Standards and involves a vetting process for everyone listed on the site.
Please click the link above to view a list of accreditation or registration schemes or contractors.
Home Repair Agencies
We Care Home Improvements are a Bristol based organisation providing a variety of services for people over 60. They are also the delivery partner for Bristol City Council to administer loan applications for homeowners of any age.
Home First Plus (was previously Somerset Care & Repair)
South Gloucestershire Council Handy Van Service: https://www.southglos.gov.uk/housing/improvements-and-repairs/the-south-gloucestershire-handy-van-scheme/
Somerset Independence Plus are based in Somerset and offer advice and project management for repairs and improvements. They also operate two centres displaying adaptation equipment: http://www.somersetindependenceplus.co.uk/
Fire Safety Home Checks
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service provide free home fire safety visits (subject to eligibility). Find out more and how to contact them to assess the fire safety of your home here: http://www.dsfire.gov.uk
Avon Fire & Rescue: Avon Fire & Rescue offer Home Fire Safety Visits and cover South Gloucestershire, Bristol and BANES and North Somerset https://www.avonfire.gov.uk/our-services/home-fire-safety-visits
Click here to be navigated to our Energy Efficiency Loans page to find more information on the works funded by our Energy Efficiency Loans and our Council Partners who currently support Energy Efficiency Loans.
The Energy Saving Trust is an national organisation providing impartial advice and signposting. http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk
Warm Up Bristol – For Bristol residents who want to access impartial advice, signposting and home energy grants/loans. https://www.warmupbristol.co.uk
Warm & Well: For energy advice and information on grants for heating and insulation, South Gloucestershire residents can call 0800 500 3076. Services are delivered by Severn Wye Energy Agency in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council. http://www.warmandwell.co.uk/
For people living in Somerset and Bristol, the Centre for Sustainable Energy are the guys to approach for free energy advice and more https://www.cse.org.uk/
CSE Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI): https://www.cse.org.uk/advice/renewable-energy/renewable-heat-incentive-rhi
Severn Wye Agency: Offering free home energy advice, projects, technical support and providing training and education for more energy efficient and sustainable living across the south west of England. https://www.severnwye.org.uk/
For people in Exeter, Mid Devon, East Devon, Teignbridge or Torquay, Exeter Community Energy provide free home energy advice including LEAP home visits https://www.ecoe.org.uk/healthy-homes-wellbeing/
LEAP (Local Energy Advice Partnership) deliver free home energy assessments to help you save energy and source grant funding for home heating (subject to eligibility) https://applyforleap.org.uk/how-leap-works/
To find out if you may be eligible for ECO funding, try their page here: https://www.myecohome.org/
And finally, if you wish to see if you may be able to save money on your energy bills, take a look at LEAP’s switching site here: https://www.ukpower.co.uk/wl/leap
You may be eligible to get £140 off your electricity bill under the Warm Home Discount Scheme. Find out how to apply here: https://www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme
The Priority Services Register is a free service provided by energy suppliers and network operators to customers in need. You need to contact your energy supplier to sign up to this service, which provides priority support in an emergency as well as advice notice of planned power cuts. Your supplier may also provider free gas safety checks. Find out more here on the Ofgem website: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/priority-services-register-people-need
For government guidance on the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for Landlords, please take a look at the gov website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-private-rented-property-minimum-standard-landlord-guidance-documents
Support for People over 55
Providing a variety of support locally to people 55 plus. Find out about services local to you here: https://www.ageuk.org.uk
Support for Safe Borrowing
Stop Loan Sharks (The England Illegal Money Lending Team) investigate and prosecute loan sharks and illegal money lenders while also offering support to those who have borrowed money from a loan shark. Find out more about illegal lending and how to report a Loan Shark here: https://www.stoploansharks.co.uk/
The Financial Conduct Authority has information on all people or businesses that legally lend you money in the UK. Search their database here: https://register.fca.org.uk/
Check if the work you need or want done to your home needs planning permission here: https://www.planningportal.co.uk/info
Databases of Local Support Services and Groups
Somerset Choices https://www.somersetchoices.org.uk/adult
Somerset Community Council (for Village Agents across Somerset, a vital resource connecting individuals with local support and knowledge) https://somersetrcc.org.uk/our_work/supporting-individuals/
Pinpoint Devon https://www.pinpointdevon.co.u
Talking Cafes across Somerset, organised by Somerset Village Agents https://somersetagents.org/talking-cafes/
Honiton Health Matters, providing community focused support for health and wellbeing https://www.honitonhealthmatters.org.uk/