VIY works with a mix of cross-sector partners and funders, from DIY retailer Wickes and skills body City & Guilds, to grant-giving organisations such as The Careers & Enterprise Company, Nesta, The Rothschild Foundation, Sport England and the GLA. We also partner with multiple local authorities and councils throughout the country, as well as facility management contractors (such as Fusion Lifestyle), building contractors, housing associations and property developers. Each VIY project is also linked to local stakeholders including youth work/youth referral organisations, Job Centre Plus, schools and colleges, alternative education providers, and local sector-relevant employers.

Our principal current partners are listed below.


DIY retailer Wickes has been a key national partner ever since the very first VIY project in 2011. The company donates tools and materials on all VIY projects, mobilises its trade customers and staff as mentors for the young people who take part, and offers work placements and jobs to VIY graduates.

City & Guilds

City & Guilds has supported the creation of a bespoke skills assessment and accreditation framework for VIY, working in conjunction with external skills assessor RM Training. This allows young people taking part to be fully assessed on site in working towards City & Guilds Entry Level 3 skills accreditations.

Greater London Authority

VIY first worked with the GLA to establish a VIY Hub Project in north London. Now, through the GLA’s Good Growth Fund, VIY is helping to improve ‘at risk’ live music and performing arts venues across London at the same time as creating volunteering, training and employment opportunities for young local residents.


Social innovation foundation Nesta has supported VIY since 2014 in scaling sustainability, including the implementation of robust measurement and evaluation processes. It has also, together with the DCMS and Office for Civil Society, worked with VIY to attract more volunteers aged 50+ through its Second Half Fund programme.

Sport England

VIY works with Sport England, supported by the National Lottery Community Fund and #iwill campaign, to open our offer to more grassroots sport clubs with facility needs. This includes driving and demonstrating sustainable volunteering outcomes on VIY projects alongside the youth training and venue improvement outcomes.

The Careers & Enterprise Company

VIY partners with The Careers & Enterprise Company in working with schools and colleges in 22 LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) areas across England. Activities typically focus on students at risk of disengagement and include skills workshops, construction sector career talks and work experience for students on VIY projects.

Music Venue Trust

MVT acts to protect, secure and improve UK grassroots music venues. VIY’s partnership with MVT involves enabling venues to make essential infrastructure improvements, whilst also engaging new, more diverse audiences, through funding from the Arts Council and MVT’s own industry-backed Pipeline Investment Fund.

Other partners and clients