Gloucestershire's flagship Safe at Home Service which helps older, vulnerable and disabled people to remain living as independently as possible in their homes, has received an Award at the House Of Lords recently. The Scheme was commended in the 'Agency of the Year Category.'The Award was presented by The Baroness Andrews OBE to Paul Riddick, Partnership Manager of the Mears Safe at Home Scheme. The ceremony was hosted by Foundations - the national body for Home Improvement Agency and Handyperson Services.Paul Riddick, commented,' We were delighted to receive this honour, which the judges felt was deserved because of the demonstration of great partnership working. This could not have been achieved without the help and support of the six local authorities, Stroud, Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Cotswolds, Forest of Dean and Cheltenham together with Gloucestershire County Council and other partner organisations including The British Red Cross. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Occupational Therapists throughout the county as well as our customers. Last year we celebrated helping our 10,000th customer and this has been made possible by a committed joint team effort.' Philip Parry, Head Handyperson Shropshire, Bernadette Walsh, Chief Operating Officer, John Simcox, Branch Manager Mears Shropshire Home Services and Paul Riddick Branch Manager Safe at Home.