Mentors

At the heart of VIY are our Trade Mentors. Our young volunteers are mentored by, and work alongside, professional tradespeople who share their skills and experience with our young people.

We have a core team of Lead Mentors who play a key role in site-managing and delivering our projects on-the-ground. They work alongside other Support and local Volunteer Mentors, who help guide our young volunteers through their activities, help boost their confidence and ambition through conversation, by working on the project together.

See our UK project pipeline to see where you could get involved

VIY are looking for new Mentors*, particularly in Nottingham, the North West and Norfolk. You might be a tradesperson looking to:

  • deepen your connections and impact on your local community
  • do meaningful work with purpose
  • keep active in retirement or semi-retirement
  • learn new skills
  • find a different kind of project

If you’ve got the skills, desire to inspire the next generation and work with patience, VIY would love to talk to you. Get in touch via the contact form below to talk about becoming a VIY Mentor.

*All mentors are inducted, DBS-checked and briefed by VIY prior to starting work, and are fully-supported throughout their involvement.

FAQs – Becoming a Mentor or Volunteer with VIY

Our Lead Mentors

Simon Kitson Nottingham
Sajid Mahmood Midlands
Mark Teulon Midlands
Dan Munn London/National Assessor
Jasper Taylor Norfolk
Alan Dalton Head Mentor
Imran Younas National Head Mentor

Support Mentors

Trevor Moore Midlands
Matt Gardner Midlands
Matloob Hashmi North West
Kate Buxton South West
Kate Kerr South West
Sarah Costello Midlands
Neil Smith London, South East
Bill Langwith London, South East
Paul Wilks North East, North West
Bella Hindle London, South East
David Westley Yorks & Humber
Katharine Dempsey London, South East
Billy Alexander London, South East

Our Peer / Trainee Mentors

Kelsie Ferguson Norfolk
Liam Bensley Norfolk
Jada Sandy London
Hear it from our National Head Mentor "It's a great feeling sharing your skills and seeing young people develop and grow in confidence." Imran Younas

Imran lives in Birmingham and has many years experience as a self-employed tradesman. He first got involved with VIY in February 2013 after seeing an advert calling out for volunteers on trade recommendation site Rated People. He initially agreed to volunteer for one day on a local project, but he quickly discovered he really enjoyed passing on his skills to young people. Since then he has been involved in more than 375 VIY projects in the West Midlands and across the UK, personally helping over 6,000 young people gain a City & Guilds Entry Level qualification.

Imran is now our National Head Mentor and, as well as mentoring young people on projects, he also helps scope and assess new VIY projects, and brief and train new mentors. He also undertakes outreach work in schools and colleges, delivering assembly talks and running classroom workshop sessions.

Imran makes the point: “It’s great to see how young people develop their skills whilst working on a VIY project. Many of them come to VIY thinking that that they’re not very good at learning, but once involved, they realise they can pick up new vocational skills very quickly, and that finding a job doing something you really enjoy is possible.”

Hear from a Support Mentor "I was so impressed by the work of one of the young people I mentored, I offered her a part time job." Bella Hindle

“I’m a self employed painter and decorator from Southend, and I have so far mentored on a couple of local VIY projects and I can honestly say it’s been an eye-opener. The young people really put the effort into the work and learning new skills, and often spoke about how optimistic they were about their futures now that they’re learning a trade. Some even discussed their ambition to embark on a painting and decorating career as a self-employed tradesperson and it became clear to me that this project not only gives young people a trade but also builds confidence and gives them a passion for their next steps in life.

“I believe that VIY is changing lives as well as helping to improve community venues and buildings, and it’s definitely a valuable experience for any young person who decides to give it a go. I would also recommend getting involved as a skills mentor to other tradespeople. I’ve only just started out with VIY and I will definitely help on more projects.”
Hear it from an Employer Volunteer "Playing our part to deliver our purpose to build better communities and enrich lives.” Marianna Peet

“We at the Travis Perkins Group love doing #SomethingConstructive with VIY, through donations, supporting projects and getting hands-on on site.

We truly feel like we’re playing our part to deliver our purpose to build better communities and enrich lives, getting hands on with our paintbrushes and taking the opportunity to talk in-depth to the young people and inspire thoughts around their futures, including traineeships, apprenticeships and jobs at TP.”