CanalAbility volunteer Peter tells us why he volunteers

Peter retired from the Fire Service after 30 years and then joined CanalAbility as a volunteer. He had already had experience of working with CanalAbility while he was helping run the Fire Cadets group who, as part of their Duke Of Edinburgh qualifications, took a course on board our boats. CanalAbility ran a Competent Crew Course for the Fire Cadets to gain a nationally recognised waterways qualification, and Peter did the course with them. Already having some boating experience, it was an obvious place to start volunteering when he retired.

Describing himself as a people person, Peter loves meeting new people and thoroughly enjoys volunteering at CanalAbility. He can see how our boat trips encourage our clients to learn new skills, build their confidence and enjoy their days out with us.

As well as supporting the Fire Cadets, Peter worked with the Sea Cadets when he was in the fire service. He loves passing on his know-how and enthusiasm for boats, and admits there’s always something new for him to learn himself.

He was also involved in the ‘Fire Break’ initiative run by the Fire Service for disadvantaged youngsters to practice alongside the fire crews, learning to put up ladders and use the fire hoses, as a chance to learn some demanding new skills and increase their confidence.

He has a boat himself at a local marina and is looking forward a spending time on the Thames with his local cruising club.

If you are interested in getting involved and becoming part of our volunteer team, find out more here.