Gamblers and TV addicts have skills which could revitalise Midland neighbourhoods, a charity has claimed.
Charity Service Volunteers believes gamblers could improve children's maths while TV addicts could transform community centres with ideas absorbed from TV makeover shows.
The organisation is urging everyone to volunteer to improve their community.
And it argues that the 'I don't have time excuse' is not valid because its survey of 1,015 Midland adults shows seven per cent spend at least an hour a week gambling and 92 per cent watch TV for at least two hours per week.
Life coach Gladeana McMahon said: " TV addicts could use tips they learn from make- over shows to renovate a community centre, shopaholics could help a disabled person with their retail needs and gamblers could help children with their numeracy skills.
"Getting involved in activities such as creating a community garden or renovating a community centre is also a way to meet new people and perhaps even Mr or Miss Right."