Following a spinal injury, Steve Russell’s doctor recommended that weekly massages could help improve his condition.
Thanks to students in the beauty department at the College of West Anglia, Steve is reaping the benefits.
Steve volunteers with Bridge for Heroes, the Lynn charity offering support and friendship to veterans and their families.
The charity uses a system called Spice Time Credits, which is a national scheme aiming to give meaningful community experiences to those who volunteer.
One hour of volunteering is equivalent to one credit to use with participating organisations.
Steve used his Time Credits – gained by volunteering with Bridge for Heroes – on treatments at The Salon at CoWA.
He said: “I have been able to have a prolonged series of massages, usually ‘hot stone’ and have received massages that have stimulated the wasted muscles in my lower back and left leg, reminding my neural pathways that these bits still exist.
“I was able to describe my condition to the students and am glad to have been able to explain the effect their massage is having on the damaged areas of my body – hopefully they have gained from my input.”
Hilary Auld, head of faculty for hair and beauty at CoWA said: “It is great to hear that our participation in the Time Credit scheme has resulted in such a positive impact on a member of our community.
“The students gain so much from members of the public using our services, giving them much valued experience.
“Our hair and beauty programme area is involved in many fundraising and charity events and this is another example of how we have engaged our young people, making a difference to our communities whilst building real skills for employment in the hair and beauty industry.”
Kate Price, senior partnerships manager for Spice Innovations, said: “The students at CWA are directly enabling people like Steve and many more, to continue doing their incredible community work though offering Time Credit spending opportunities.”