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Participating Clubs

Streatham Youth and Community Trust

Region: London

Location: Streatham, South London

Established: 1946

Manager: Clive Winter

Members: 180

Wickes local store partner(s):
Wickes Wimbledon

Store Manager(s): Kamlesh Bharadwa

VIY activity at the club

Streatham Youth & Community Trust (SYCT) was the first youth club to take part in VIY, participating in the pilot project in February-April 2011.

Activities covered the repair and renovation of two separate club buildings managed by SYCT in south London, the John Corfield Centre and the Wellfield Centre, both in SW16 - with work undertaken including roof repairs, plumbing and general painting and decorating.

A core team of 43 young people committed more than 1,300 hours to the project and all achieved an entry level building and construction skills qualification.

26 of the 43 VIY ‘graduates’ ultimately progressed to further trade skills training opportunities via a local vocational training centre in Brixton – while a further four secured paid work placements with local companies as a direct result of their participation in VIY.

Membership and attendance at the two club buildings also increased with young people feeling more ownership over their club.

The VIY pilot project was enabled and supported by London Youth, Wickes, Pimlico Plumbers, A4e, vinspired and The Co-Sponsorship Agency.

It was also visited and endorsed by Chris Grayling, Minister of State in the Department for Work and Pensions, Chuka Umunna, Shadow Business Minister and MP for Streatham, and Tim Campbell, special advisor to the Mayor of London on apprenticeships and youth enterprise.


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