Voluntary Norfolk clients reach milestone

A Norwich-based charity is celebrating after two of its clients reached a special milestone.

Two women who benefit from company, support and friendship from Voluntary Norfolk's volunteers have reached 100 this year.

The charity's befriending scheme places volunteers with vulnerable people who can do with the support and company that a willing volunteer is able to give.

Voluntary Norfolk's clients benefit from increased confidence, levels of support and company, something particularly useful at this time of year for the isolated and vulnerable.

Natalie Bell, who lives near the centre of Norwich and has been a regular client of Voluntary Norfolk's befriending Health Volunteers project, reached her centenary earlier this year.

She is visited every week by one of Voluntary Norfolk's experienced volunteers who take time to treat her to nail and hair pampering.

Ms Bell said: 'I enjoy the extra company more than anything, we will always have a tea and a chat too.'

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Meanwhile, another Voluntary Norfolk client, who lives in Tuckswood but does not want to be named, has also celebrated her 100th birthday.

She has lived in her Tuckswood home since it was built in 1953 on land that was then owned by the botanist Daniel's family, and is visited weekly by Clare.

Clare, who has been visiting her client for more than two years, visits weekly to chat and reminisce as well as to go out for short shopping trips or to the garden centre.

She said: 'I've always loved working with elderly people, talking about the past and discussing the present. It is important for everyone to engage with our local elderly citizens as much as possible' and she thoroughly enjoys her ongoing voluntary work.

Will Mills, volunteer co-ordinator at Voluntary Norfolk, said: 'Our staff and volunteers are often in a position to see the best in people and to hear the wonderful stories that our local residents have to tell. It's lovely that two of our befriending volunteers have seen the person they visit regularly reach their 100th birthday and to celebrate that milestone and praise the work of volunteers in our local communities.'

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