Appeal for help! More hands make light work for North Norfolk odd job service

Volunteers, from left, Connor, Gary and Jamie of Ben’s Workforce, with Trixie Fenn, admiring the new

Volunteers, from left, Connor, Gary and Jamie of Bens Workforce, with Trixie Fenn, admiring the new handrails. Picture: Maurice Gray - Credit: Maurice Gray

A charity service which helps older people retain their independence by carrying out odd jobs around their homes has revealed it needs more volunteers to keep up with demand.

From putting up shelves and assembling furniture to fixing dripping taps and gardening, Ben's Workforce - which is supported by Norfolk charity the Benjamin Foundation - offers its services to North Norfolk residents aged over 65 in return for a small donation.

It has supported more than 2000 people in their own homes every year since it was established in Sheringham in 2015 and is continuing to receive more than 20 requests a week.

The team fitted handrails for 86-year-old Trixie Fenn to help her get up and down steps at her temporary accommodation safely while her home in Walcott is repaired after it was damaged in January's storm surge.

Ben's Workforce normally only charges a modest sum to cover expenses and costs of materials and parts. But this time the parts were donated by Jewson builders merchants of Stalham Road, Hoveton.


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Jamie Brown, manager at Ben's Workforce, said: 'Our team enjoy helping others and work well together, but we need more help and welcome those who can afford a few hours to help other people.'

And he added: 'Anyone who has a skill or DIY capabilities are always welcome if they like helping others, or just answer phone calls.'

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To find out more about offering your time or if you qualify, call Ben's Workforce on 01263 826854.

Thanking everyone for their support, Mrs Fenn said: 'Ben's Workforce are fantastic and, now they have fitted the handrails, I can get out and about at last.'

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