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NCH apprentices do a DIY SOS for Bilborough family

NCH apprentices do a DIY SOS for Bilborough family

17 July 2017


Nottingham City Homes (NCH) and a local councillor have been praised by a local family for helping to renovate and adapt their home.

The apprentices, along with Bilborough councillor Wendy Smith, helped Elizabeth and David Wakelin from Bilborough have extensive work carried out on their new home to make it accessible for their son Adam.

Adam was born at just 25 weeks,, having his first of many operations at only ten weeks old. Now 16 and living at home with his family, Adam needs a range of adaptations to make home life comfortable.

Nottingham City Homes found the family a new home and extended it to give Adam the spacious ground floor bedroom and bathroom he needed. The extension has a brand new hoist and track system that allows Adam to be moved to any point in his room, making life much easier for him and his mum Liz, his full-time carer.

Ordinarily Nottingham City Homes residents are expected to decorate their homes themselves but with the extensive redecoration needed once the works were complete, plus his day job, dad David would have struggled to complete it all. Lynn Standen, Housing Options Manager from Nottingham City Homes, organised a team to support the Wakelins on their house move, which is where the apprentices came in, stripping and filling walls, and painting and decorating walls, ceilings and woodwork..

Adam’s mum Liz Wakelin said: “The apprentices have been absolutely amazing and I don’t think they realise what a difference their help has made to us as a family.

“I have been helping where I can with painting and getting bits finished but looking after Adam is a 24/7 job, and so having this extra help has meant we can finally get in our new home.

“We couldn’t have moved in with work still going on, as dust can affect Adam severely, so it was vital that it was all complete before we moved in.

“The changes are going to make such a difference to all of us- and the hoist system is really going to help me and prevent me injuring my back through lifting.”

Councillor Wendy Smith has supported the family to stay in their home a bit longer while their new home was being adapted. She contacted NCH to ask if the apprentices could help to get the new house ready.  She added:“ I felt it would help the Wakelins and also help the apprentices to do something really worthwhile to help a local family.

“I have known the Wakelin family for a while now and I am thrilled  they are now in their new home. The family have worked so hard on this project and the support from NCH’s apprentice team has really helped move things on.”

Gill Moy, Director of Housing and Customer Services at NCH, said, “With all the work that’s been carried out at the Wakelin’s new home, there were a lot of finishing touches still needed in order for the family to move in.

“We decided our apprentices could make a real difference to the situation and would help to get the Wakelin family settled in their home a little sooner. I am sure the Wakelins will find life much easier in their new home.  The adaptations will not only make things better for Adam but will also help David and Elizabeth to  provide support to him, freeing up  more time to spend with Adam and their other children.  On behalf of everyone at NCH I would like to wish them every happiness in their new home.”