VIY

Volunteer It Yourself

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Participating Clubs

Stewarts Road Adventure Playground, Lambeth

Region: London

Location: South London

Established: 2001

Manager: Andrew Russell

Members: 115

Wickes local store partner(s):
Wickes Merton

Store Manager: Ben O'Leary (Customer Service Manager)

VIY activity at the club

Stewarts Road Adventure Play Ground started working with VIY in September 2012, with the project coming to an end in December. The project set out to renovate the entire first floor, including dry-lining all the walls, painting and decorating. A team of five trade skills mentors worked with about 25 young people for the duration of the project.

Spurred on by the success and great results of the VIY project, both mentors and club members have since continued to independently carry out renovations to the club.

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'I've found mentoring on VIY really fun and rewarding. It's great working with the young people, especially those who are really hands-on, keen to take part and get stuck in. I enjoy giving something back to the local community - and helping those who want to be helped.'
- Danny Thompson, Mentor (November 2012)

'Really good session last night, we have put the first coat of colour on the hall-way and it is looking really bright and exciting.'
- Marie Howell, Senior Youth Worker (November 2012)

'The VIY project has gone really well and the best thing has been seeing the finished product. The young people have done a great job. I have kids of my own so I really value the importance of learning skills like this at a young age. Personally, I like to know that I have been involved in something where the work that has been left behind will benefit these young people and others for years to come.'
- Krasimir Tonchev, Mentor (November 2012)

Awards

Big Society Awards
Hollis UK Sponsorship Awards
Corporate Engagement Awards

Partners

cosponsorshipagency.com www.wickes.co.uk www.cityandguilds.com Nesta Cabinet Office