Chair of Trustees – Ed Kelly
“I was working for the Bureau delivering the Life Skills Course. During this time, I started to work alongside Owen Dack and we began to meet on a weekly basis for a chat and a coffee. We shared an interest in science fiction and gadgets. During one of our meetings Owen said he had an idea to get hold of unwanted computers refurbish them and give them to those in need. It was one of those Eureka moments. With fantastic support from Sophie and team at the Bureau, Mary and Tony, my fellow Trustees, all our wonderful members and volunteers, Helen, our Project Manager, the Labour Club in Glossop and so many more supporters that we can’t mention them all, we have managed to realise Owen’s vision and to develop and expand PCrefurb. It’s an absolute honour and pleasure to be the Chair working along such motivated and caring individuals.”
Treasurer – Mary Jessop
“I first became involved with PCrefurb when I started to attend the session with a young adult who had some complex needs. The young person in question settled well at the group and developed his understanding of computers and equipment whilst forming new friendships. I was impressed with the kindness and understanding shown to the young person. I quickly became aware that there was a wide range of people attending the group who were gaining in confidence, whilst also improving their own personal well-being.
“Ed Kelly a fellow Trustee ‘twisted my arm’ and, before I knew it, I was helping with finances for the group. This quickly led to applying for grants and increasing the finances to enable the expansion of the group and the employment of a project manager. I am happy to have had the opportunity to meet and work with such wonderful people and watch the group grow and develop into a wonderful charity which serves the people and groups of our local area.”
Tony Shelton, Secretary
“I became involved with PCrefurb soon after I moved to Glossop and soon after the idea emerged from the Bureau’s Life Skills course. I was asked to help out and the idea of refurbishing and recycling computers strongly appealed to me. I am no IT expert – I able to use a computer but little more; and I don’t have much idea of what our skilled volunteers do. But PCrefurb is as much about helping people as it is about IT – our volunteers, those we teach and advise and the recipients of our refurbished equipment. The concept ticks so many boxes and the support and goodwill we have received from local people and all sectors shows how popular and important it is. The opportunity to help develop such a project in such good company is still irresistible. “