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Pete and Doug really are 'Can-Do' guys


The Ross on Wye Journal: 6th May 2009

Take-A-Pew's James Murphy helps out Pete Chandler and Doug Probert who have now been volunteering fo
Take-A-Pew's James Murphy helps out Pete Chandler and Doug Probert who have now been volunteering for 10 years.
Two familiar faces at a local social service scheme have recycled their skills to become part of a 'Can Do Crew' after the project they were involved in was remodeled. Pete Chandler and Doug Probert have been involved with EnviroAbility for some years, originally collecting paper door-to-door around Ross, then moving on to the blue-box scheme of collecting recyclable material which has seen them cover a large geographical area, driving the collection van from Foy to Llanwarn. Following a county council decision to change the way in which the collections are made, the dynamic duo found themselves seeking a new challenge at the Ross-on-Wye-based community scheme which provides employment for people from disadvantaged groups.

Dennis Humble of EnviroAbility said: "Pete and Doug are true hard workers doing more than their fair share. Time has flown but we recognise the brilliant job that these two have been doing helping us recycle for 10 years, rolling with the changes and never complaining. With the County Council's decision to move to co-mingled later this year and a change in vehicles by the private company, Doug and Pete were left thinking about their next project. Quite clearly all those involved with EnviroAbility wanted to hang on to the skills that these two bring to any project that is lucky enough to attract them. They had a look around the options and chose to join the Can-Do Crew."

Most recently, Doug and Pete have been working on a project linked to the Take-A-Pew scheme. Doug has worked with wood for many years and, after enrolling on an adult education woodworking course, Pete built all the furniture for his bedroom. They have been working on Pews from Weland in Worcestershire, which are cut to size, refurbished and sold back to the community near the church they come from. Next week the pair will be delivering the finished pews to help the Take-A-Pew team, which is managed by EnviroAbility and overseen by a committee including representatives from the church, adult social care and the council's regeneration department. Dennis said: "Doug and Pete have been fantastic volunteers over the years and have made such a difference it is great to have a reason to say a public 'thanks.' They enjoy being part of the team here and we want to encourage anyone else who has as little as an hour a week to join the team at EnviroAbility, give us a call on 1989 760919."

Opportunities vary at the organisation from hands-on to office-based activities, from retail to marketing, from gardening to woodwork, and from needlework to welding.