PETER RYAN, BCAc
In 2013 Peter set up a voluntary litter picking group – the Dorset Devils (TeamDD) – to help deal with the problem of local litter. He approached Bournemouth Borough Council for support and equipment after other residents expressed an interest to join in. Each new volunteer is fully kitted out before deciding when, where and how long to pick up other people’s litter.
Peter subsequently gained funding from Bournemouth University which allowed him to form his junior section (now 30 children) and expand the group. Incredibly, his group now numbers just short of 400 like-minded volunteers (aged 4-84) who have gathered over 7000 large bags of litter.
Peter’s initiative empowers the local community to take positive action which helps build community spirit. This has created a very social and rewarding activity which generates personal well-being and friendship. In addition, he organises multiple events throughout the year with school groups, scout packs, university students and local businesses including Bournemouth Football Club, aided by TeamDD.
Peter is passionate about TeamDD and his days are filled supporting this initiative and motivating his group. He understands that more people involved means more can be achieved to make a positive difference.
Nominated by: Revd Christopher College BCAc