VIY wins Community Renewal Funding

11 November 2021 | All News

We are delighted to announce we have received significant funding to deliver multiple local community projects in partnership with three local authorities (Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and Norfolk), thanks to the UK Government’s Community Renewal Fund.

The £220million national fund is designed to help pilot programmes and new approaches in local communities, to invest in people and boost skills. This is exactly what we do day in, day out, so we couldn’t be better placed to deliver this for these local communities.


Who we’ll be working with

We’re thrilled to be chosen as one of four projects working with Nottinghamshire County Council across communities in Bassetlaw, Mansfield & Newark & Sherwood, aiming to help more local people back into work and to support businesses following the pandemic.

For Nottingham City Council, we’re again one of four projects improving skills, boosting employment and helping businesses to grow across the city.

Finally, we’ll be working across Norfolk County Council as one of 14 projects across Great Yarmouth, Kings Lynn & West Norfolk, North Norfolk & Norwich, focused on building skills and fostering innovation.

How we’ll be supporting young people

Across all of our projects with the Community Renewal Fund, we’ll be supporting over 1000 young people at risk of marginalisation who’ll be volunteering with local trade mentors, learning and applying vocational construction skills whilst breathing life back into buildings at the heart of communities in Nottingham/Nottinghamshire and Norfolk.

As an official City & Guilds skills centre, whilst volunteering on our projects our young volunteers will also be given the opportunity to earn City & Guilds trade skill accreditations with us. They’ll then receive dedicated support to help them to progress into further education, training or employment.

Tim Reading, our CEO, commented: “We’re delighted to see young people, skills and employability outcomes recognised across this fund for all three councils, three things at the heart of our VIY mission, and we’re delighted to be one of many projects delivering further on these priorities, working directly with young people and communities in these local communities.”

We’re incredibly grateful to our growing team who have helped us reach this point, and who are continuing to work tirelessly to make this happen.

Fancy volunteering with us? If you are or know of an experienced tradesperson with skills and knowledge to pass on to the next generation in one of these areas, please contact us here.