Norfolk care home welcomes volunteers


Olive House residential care home in Newton Flotman, near Norwich, is welcoming a new team of volunteers to spend time with residents as part of National Volunteer Week.


The new ‘buddy group’ has been formed, with volunteers giving an hour a week to spend time with residents who have reduced mobility or are unable to leave their bedrooms due to physical or mental health conditions.  They join them in their rooms to chat and socialise and each have access to a special box designed around each resident, which is full of things connected to topics they enjoy to help provoke conversations.


The volunteers come from all walks of life and include the homes’ volunteer exercise coordinator, a local outreach worker and members of St Mary’s Church in Newton Flotman.


The home, which is part of the Healthcare Homes Group, provides residential care for up to 45 people and prides itself on the high quality of service it offers.  Currently rated as ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission and scoring 9.7 out of 10 from reviews on the independent website, it looks to provide innovative and interesting ways to engage with residents and to make their lives as enjoyable as possible.


Home Manager Lesley Eastoll said, “We’re so grateful to our latest team of volunteers who will make such a difference to the lives of our residents who are unable to socialise as much as they’d like.


“It’s really important to us that each and every resident is happy and enjoying life at Olive House, so we created the buddy group to find a way to keep these residents engaged and involved in daily life at the home as much as possible.


“We’d like to extend our thanks to everyone who is giving up their time to help at the home and would encourage anyone who would like to come and get involved to please get in touch.”


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