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Lincolnshire Home Independence Agency (LHIA) has a mission to help people facing illness, disability and older age to live independently at home for as long as possible.
In 2017-18 the charity supported more than 3,500 people to remain at home through property adaptations (such as specially-adapted bathrooms and kitchens), home repairs and improvements and caseworker support. It was recently awarded Home Improvement Agency Service of the Year by Foundations, the national body for home improvement agencies, at a glittering ceremony at the House of Lords in recognition of its outstanding work in the sector.
LHIA is now embarking upon ambitious plans to reach even more vulnerable people and is seeking three new board members to help drive that change.
Currently the charity is supported by six trustees who work with the Senior Management Team to implement an ambitious programme of change, whilst ensuring high standards of governance, against a backdrop of continuing pressures on local health and care budgets.
Trustees are asked to attend a bi-monthly board meeting, usually lasting between two and three hours, occasional sub-group meetings and very occasional events at which they would represent the charity. Directors of the trading arm are asked to attend three to four meetings a year. There is also the requirement to spend some time reading background information and documents in preparation for meetings.
Trustees and Directors are appointed in their own right but may bring particular expertise to the board. The position is honorary and unpaid. Current members of LHIA’s board represent a cross-section of industries and knowledge, including housing, law, recruitment, policy, independent living and management.
LHIA delivers home adaptations funded by the Disabled Facilities Grant on behalf of City of Lincoln Council, Boston Borough Council, South Kesteven District Council and North Lincolnshire Council. It also undertakes adaptations for customers who fund the work themselves.
In addition to property adaptations, LHIA offers a handyperson service, equipment to help with everyday life and information, advice and support, all of which help to prevent illness and injury (particularly falls), as well as tackling social isolation and fuel poverty.
Earlier this year the charity launched LHIA Adaptations Ltd, a new in-house resource for the installation of specially-adapted bathrooms and handyperson services.
LHIA is a founding member of Lincs Independent Living Partnership (LILP), a consortium of five charitable organisations with a joint mission to promote independent living. LILP has won awards for its collaborative approach to service delivery, which brings benefits to commissioner and service user alike.
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