Mears Shropshire Home Services has been commended in the 'Excellence in Delivering a Handyperson Service' category at the Home Improvement Agency Awards hosted at the House of Lords this week.The annual awards which are organised by Foundations - the national body for Home Improvement Agencies - recognise excellence across a range of services, and Mears Shropshire Handyperson Service are thrilled to win this award which recognises the innovative work they have done around providing practical support, assistance and advice to householders.Mears Shropshire Handyperson Service operates throughout Shropshire, providing older, disabled and vulnerable people with a trustworthy, reliable and affordable service carrying out small jobs around the home. The aim of the service is to ensure residents are safe and secure and can continue to live independently in their own homes, and is part-funded by Shropshire County Council.Jobs include minor joinery and plumbing work, fitting security measures such as door chains, key safes and locks, and installing grab rails, ramps, pathways and steps. In the year to the end of March 2012, the Handyperson Service completed more than 3,000 jobs at over 1,400 homes across Shropshire.John Simcox, Branch Manager, Mears said 'This is an invaluable service and makes a real difference to the lives of the people of Shropshire. Our handyperson team not only have the skills, but empathy and care in delivering this service - something that is embedded within all employees who work for Mears Shropshire Home Services. A huge debt of gratitude must be given to Shropshire Council for their financial support and commitment in working with the Agency to make this service possible.' John Simcox, Branch Manager Mears Shropshire Home Services and Philip Parry, Head Handyperson.