I’m Peter Reynolds and I’ve been a volunteer administrator with the Greeniversity project at Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) for almost two years. Before Greeniversity I was in charge of the Reference and Information Services at Peterborough Central Library until 2002 and then an information officer at RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) in London until late 2012 (I’m a veteran commuter!).
My local environmental credentials are modest: creation of an environmental information collection at the Central Library, participation in the Green Festival for many years, and a long-term member of Friends of the Earth.
I believe that my professional experience has been of benefit to PECT/Greeniversity and I know that volunteering has grounded me in something very worthwhile after the end to my working life.
My main tasks have been looking after the Greeniversity Peterborough class database www.greeniversity.org.uk/peterborough, increasing the number and variety of classes, encouraging new teachers, and promoting brand Greeniversity in the Peterborough area including at local events.
I work now for two and a half days a week and really feel a part of the PECT team. PECT recognises the positive input of its volunteers by awards such as Volunteer of the Year and recommends individuals for other external awards – including the annual Peterborough Green Awards and PCVS Volunteer Awards. You may need to build a new shelf to house all those certificates!
PECT is a great organisation to work as a volunteer for and is welcoming to both young and old. If you’re interested in volunteering some time to PECT, call 01733 568408 or email [email protected] to discuss any current opportunities.