Alex Halford

22 March 2024

Paul Davies-Bloomfield

17 October 2023

“The ethos of VIY helping young people learn really appeals to me and I really enjoy helping the young people achieve their goals.

I love seeing the look of achievement on their faces when they have worked towards an end result.”

Adrian Llewellyn

28 July 2023

Dale Bray

27 July 2023

David Goode

28 February 2023

I work for VIY to give someone a chance at the possibility of a future through learning a trade and I love the opportunities to help those who need a bit of encouragement.

My personal highlight so far with VIY is seeing the success on a young person’s face when they’ve achieved a task!

Simon Kitson

3 August 2022

When you start a project and young people come to site not knowing much about trade skills, but achieve so much and get their accreditation at the end. That’s why we do this job. We’re helping them make a positive change in their lives. All young people deserve a chance, a helping hand.

We’re also helping communities. It makes me feel proud when we get great feedback from the place we’re renovating and when we get the young people asking to join us on another site.

Kate Kerr

22 July 2022

“I wasn’t very academic at school and I know that having a positive opportunity to learn outside of the classroom was a release for me from the everyday pressures of schooling and I hope it’s the same for younger people today – and combining this with the transformation of buildings that are really important for local communities makes VIY one of the best initiatives I’ve ever encountered.”

Dan Munn

17 June 2018

Dan is a former prison officer and first volunteered with VIY in 2017. He has a particular passion for carpentry, whilst also having other trade skills. Dan enjoys his role because: “No two projects are the same. Each one poses its own challenges, which we always overcome. I also meet young volunteers who have been through the justice system and it’s brilliant to see the impact that VIY has on their confidence and prospects.”

Alan Dalton

17 January 2010

Alan joined the VIY team early in 2017, first as a volunteer in his local area, then became Lead Mentor, and is now one of our longest-serving mentors. A talented carpenter and multi-skilled tradesman from East London, he has a passion for helping young people who are facing challenging circumstances, having passed through the care system himself as a young person.