540Skills mentors

2590Young people

VIy Graduates:

1999Gaining vocational qualifications

780Progressing to further training / work placements

VIY is all about volunteering it yourself

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 was launched in 2011 and, to date, over 130 youth club buildings across England and Wales have been refurbished, involving more than 2500 young people and more than 500 trade skills mentors.

The new phase of VIY has now started and is enabling the refurbishment of all types of community buildings by local young people and tradespeople across the UK over the next three years. Get in touch if you want to get involved: email

Case Studies

What people have to say about VIY

"VIY is a fantastic example of a Big Society approach where young people learn building and trade skills while at the same time providing vital repair work and improvements to their local community centres. It is also a great example of businesses of all sizes working together to come up with a solution that has a lasting effect for everyone involved. It is great to hear that volunteers from VIY have secured further training opportunities, apprenticeships and jobs as a result of taking part. I am also really pleased to see that it is being extended to other regions in the country."

David Cameron - Prime Minister

"VIY is a fantastic example of partnerships creating real solutions, and I have seen first-hand the positive impact the project has had in our community. The volunteers have transformed this club - and themselves - doing much needed physical repairs whilst learning practical DIY trade and building skills on the job. It was a pleasure to meet the first VIY graduates and hear about the apprenticeships and work placements a number of them have secured as a result of their hard work and enthusiasm."

Chuka Umunna - MP for Streatham


Big Society Awards
Hollis UK Sponsorship Awards
Corporate Engagement Awards

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