The Handyperson Scheme

The aim of the scheme is to offer a repair and assistance service to the elderly, disabled and vulnerable members of the community, whilst also working alongside Police Scotland and Trading Standards to prevent victimisation by rogue traders. Volunteering Highland provided this service in Inverness and Nairn from 1999 to 2011, and in 2011 Volunteering Highland became Signpost, and extended their area to cover the Badenoch and Strathspey area.

The service enables clients to have small Handyperson tasks carried out, increases social contact and provides information and advice.

How the scheme works

The scheme recruits volunteers and trains them under the supervision of HandyPerson staff, to undertake tasks around the homes and gardens of clients.  Listed below are examples of jobs that we are able to carry out:

  • Replacing lightbulbs (No charge but lightbulbs must be provided)
  • Gardening
  • Painting
  • Gutter cleaning
  • Uplift & dumping of items
  • Small repairs
  • Changing cold tap washers
  • Changing locks
  • Fitting grabrails

If you need help with a job that is not listed above, please contact us and we will do our best to help.  If we are unable to help, we will try our best to put you in touch with a reliable tradesman.


 Before and After shots of gardening work carried out by the HandyPersons team – 


Due to funding cuts, Signpost HandyPersons no longer receives funding to provide this service, therefore are unable to carry out jobs free of charge. We are a non-profit organisation who will apply small charges/minimum donations to tasks which will be invested back into the HandyPersons Scheme to ensure the continuation of the service. If you have any queries regarding this change please do not hesitate to contact the office.

Want to know more?

If you are interested in finding out more about the scheme as a potential user, or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer with the scheme get in touch by phone or email:

Contact HandyPersons: 

HP Manager –

Sandy Dryden


01463 711393 (option 1)



Volunteer drivers must be aged 30 or over and hold a valid license.

Handyperson Leaflet 2016

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