Call for volunteers to create bespoke solutions in Norfolk and Suffolk

Reg Nichols spent nearly 200 hours building a speical swing for disabled youngster Mathew Townsend,

Reg Nichols spent nearly 200 hours building a speical swing for disabled youngster Mathew Townsend, through his volunteering work with Remap - a charity made up of skilled workers that create or adapt equipment for disabled people.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2013

A charity which creates 'one-off' products to make life a little easier for disabled people is calling out for a new batch of volunteers.

A grip for a bike made by volunteers at Remap

A grip for a bike made by volunteers at Remap - Credit: Reg Nichols

The Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft branch of Remap, a charity that designs and makes special equipment for disabled people, is in need of new recruits; professionally qualified engineers, therapists, physiotherapists, scientists and craftspeople.

Their work means those with disabilities can have more independence and take more opportunities.

Some jobs are relatively simple, such as a recent build which saw a new ramp installed for a woman in a wheelchair.

But others are more unique.

A dementia board made by volunteers at Remap

A dementia board made by volunteers at Remap - Credit: Reg Nichols


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For example, last year the group were looking to help a 5-year-old boy whose right forearm ended just below his elbow. He was having trouble riding and steering his bike.

A volunteer engineer designed a grip which meant the boy could hold onto his bike, but that would automatically detach if he was to fall off.

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This cost just £15 in materials and £30 in travel expenses, but the family is never asked to pay.

Another was to build a dementia board for James Paget Hospital. This had various items on it such as a plug socket, a zip, and a plug.

Using this board reinforces fine motor skills while strengthening fingers and hands.

Chairman Reg Nichols, from Caister, urged new volunteers to come forward after some had had to take a back seat.

He said: 'We really need some one who is retired so they have the time but really so long as they can fit it in that's fine.

Mr Nichols, who has been chairman for 15 years, added: 'We get the problem solved and we see what the benefits come as people who have disabilities can then live a more independent life.

The charity carry out around 100 - 120 jobs in the area every year, and although you would be giving you time for free you would be reimbursed for travel and materials.

To find out more about volunteering call Mr Nichols on 01493 728050, email rbn.nicho@hotmail.co.uk or visit www.remap.org.uk.

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