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VIY combines volunteering and DIY by challenging young people aged 14-24 to learn trade and building skills, on the job, by committing to fix local youth club and community centre buildings in need of essential repairs.

VIY participants are mentored by professional tradespeople, who also volunteer their time, and gain vocational accreditations as well as access to further training, work placement and apprenticeship opportunities with local employers beyond the project.

VIY is significant and important because it's about:

  • Young people learning new skills and improving their employability
  • Local communities and different generations coming together to become more strongly involved in local regeneration, volunteering and social action
  • Youth clubs being secured and strengthened as hubs for postive youth engagement
  • Young people motivated to improve spaces and places that they use and benefit from
  • Young people (often disengaged from mainstream education) learning new skills whilst volunteering on projects with real relevance and community value, rather than in a conventional, formal learning environment
  • Businesses such as Wickes contributing assets other than cash to benefit communities in which they work – such as their products and materials and the skills and talents of their employees and customers
  • Mobilising and valuing tradespeople as inspirational mentors and broader role models for young people
  • Helping to address the chronic shortage of qualified tradespeople in the UK by inspiring the next generation to consider learning a trade


If you know of any young person who would like to be involved. Please call WAVS on 01483 751456

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