• In 2003 research done by the Joseph Rowntree Trust showed that half of those living in poverty were homeowners.
  • In 2011 two thirds of the housing stock that fell below the government’s definition of ‘decent’ housing was owner occupied.
  • In 2013 one in eight homeowners over 50 are unable to afford to get work done on their homes - that’s two and a half million homes going unrepaired.

There’s a job to be done this Christmas, helping embattled homeowners in austerity Britain get much needed fixes done on their homes - and the tradesman’s website MyBuilder.com is taking up the challenge

All across Britain the site’s HERO PROJECT 2013 is spreading the Christmas spirit early. How? Through the kindness of the (extra)ordinary bricklayers, plumbers, and plasterers registered with the site.mWhile MyBuilder is offering £100 for every Hero job posted, their registered tradesmen are volunteering a day of their time for free. To get help or nominate someone all you have to do is post your story with a picture and then we’ll put the word out to our volunteers.

The HERO PROJECT is the brainchild of Ryan Notz, and is run by his site MyBuilder.com, where homeowners post jobs and tradesmen find work. The first Hero Project took place last Christmas, December 2012 and it is set to become an annual event.

When Notz launched the site, he was a self employed stonemason in Bristol, with plenty of experience of struggling to make ends meet:

“My wife had to stay home with the kids and I did my best to support my young family, going from one poorly paid subcontracting job to the next, often with dead time in between. We couldn’t really keep our heads above water: there are a lot of people around the country that are struggling like that right now and I feel that at MyBuilder, we have an obligation to help wherever we can.”

Ryan Notz Founder and CEO of MyBuilder.com

— 2015-05-11 16:09:38