Young people learning trade skills whilst helping the community

VIY challenges young people aged 14-24 to learn trade and employability skills through helping to fix local youth and community facilities in need of essential repairs and improvements.

Young people volunteering and learning new skills
Tradespeople mentoring and passing on their skills
Community facilities refurbished and transformed
711
Projects
completed
1,157
Mentors
involved
13,065
Young people
involved
5,297
Young people gaining a qualification

Participants are mentored by professional tradespeople and can gain vocational accreditations as well as access to further training, work placement and apprenticeship opportunities.

The majority of young people who take part and benefit are disengaged or excluded from mainstream education and training, at risk of disengagement, and/or unemployed.

VIY Impact Report 2021-22

For the first time we release our Impact Report to the public.

For VIY, 2021-22 is a story of continuing our positive impact on young people and communities, through championing and enabling volunteering opportunities to learn trade skills, all through the throes of a global pandemic.

Read our Impact Report 2021-22 here

Keep up-to-date with our upcoming projects

2022 is set to be our busiest yet, as we expand as an organisation, growing and developing new and existing partnerships and programmes.

We’ve set up a rundown of our live and upcoming VIY projects by region, which we’ll be keeping as up to date as possible (all subject to shift at any time – oh construction life!)

Take a look here

CASE STUDY "Once you learn a trade, you're okay. You'll always be able to make a living." Kayleigh Morris – a VIY volunteer

As a complete novice, Kayleigh, from Hackney, took part in skills sessions at VIY’s north London Hub project, on the Northumberland Park Estate in Haringey, in 2015. Through her participation she achieved City & Guilds Entry Level 3 accreditations in carpentry and plumbing, and her VIY experience inspired her to start a construction skills course…

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