Projects

VIY has enabled 300+ projects across the UK since its launch in 2011. Project sites comprise buildings and facilities that young people use and benefit from, including youth clubs, community centres, schools and colleges, sports clubs, music and arts venues, and supported housing – and all projects involve young volunteers and their mentors undertaking refurbishment and improvement works that the venues would otherwise struggle to make happen.

VIY projects can vary in duration from just a couple of days to 3-4 months, depending on the scope and scale of work required. Some project sites, called Hub Projects (such as Shard End Youth Centre in Birmingham and Magic Youth Club in Blackpool), also provide opportunities for hosting multiple cohorts of young people in ongoing construction skills workshop activity over an extended period (i.e. six months and beyond).

Below are case studies on a selection of typical VIY projects.

Birchwood Care Home
Location: Chesham, Buckinghamshire
Wickes store partner(s): Chesham
Cafe INDIEpendent
Location: Scunthorpe
Wickes store partner(s): Scunthorpe
Other partners: Music Venue Trust, Doncaster College
Croydon Football Club
Location: Croydon
Wickes store partner(s): Anerley, Beddington Lane, Epsom, Kingston, Purley Way
Other partners: Sport England, The Kinetic Foundation
Eric Allin Community Centre
Location: Northumberland Park, Haringey
Wickes store partner(s): Edmonton, Tottenham
Other partners: GLA, Haringey Council, Homes For Haringey, Ideal Handyman, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation
Golden Mede Housing Development
Location: Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire
Wickes store partner(s): Aylesbury
Other partners: Rothschild Foundation, Places For People
Hall Green Boxing Club
Location: Birmingham
Wickes store partner(s): Hall Green
Other partners: Big Lottery Fund
John Corfield Centre
Location: Streatham, Lambeth
Wickes store partner(s): Wimbledon
Other partners: Streatham Youth & Community Trust, Pimlico Plumbers, vinspired, A4e
Magic Youth Club
Location: Blackpool
Wickes store partner(s): Blackpool
Other partners: Blackpool Council, Careers & Enterprise Company
Meadowbrook Pupil Referral Unit
Location: Oxfordshire
Wickes store partner(s): Bicester, Oxford
Other partners: Fusion Lifestyle, Oxfordshire Community Foundation
MK Dons Football Club
Location: Milton Keynes
Wickes store partner(s): Bletchley, Milton Keynes
Other partners: Milton Keynes College
Portico Vine Rugby League Club
Location: St Helens, Merseyside
Wickes store partner(s): Aintree, Warrington
Other partners: talkSPORT
Woking Youth Arts Centre
Location: Woking, Surrey
Wickes store partner(s): Woking
Other partners: Surrey County Council, The Amber Foundation
Youth Concern Drop-In Centre
Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Wickes store partner(s): Aylesbury
Other partners: Rothschild Foundation, Heart of Bucks (Bucks Community Foundation)
CASE STUDY A venue's perspective: improving and securing a youth centre Jules Lancaster, Manager, Shard End Youth Centre

“The project has directly helped secure the centre’s future, as the level of funding we receive from our local council is largely dependent on increasing the number of young people using and benefiting from our facilities and the activities we run – and crucially, almost all of the young people who have participated in VIY at Shard End (91 out of 97 participants) have not previously been members or involved at the centre.”