VIY works with a mix of cross-sector partners, funders and stakeholders. These range from retail trade brands and companies such as Dulux and Travis Perkins to skills body City & Guilds and grant-giving organisations such as The Careers & Enterprise Company, National Lottery Community Fund, Postcode Innovation Trust, Sport England and Youth Futures Foundation. We also partner with multiple local authorities and councils, as well as facility management contractors and housing associations. 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 and funders are listed below.

The Careers & Enterprise Company

VIY partners with The Careers & Enterprise Company in working with schools and colleges in 24 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.

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.


The Dulux Let’s Colour programme has been painting a better future since 2009. Working together, Dulux and VIY are focused on transforming run-down community buildings, supporting young people to flourish and paving the way for an even better tomorrow. This includes enabling VIY learners to achieve a City & Guilds Painting & Decorating employability skills accreditation.

Federation of Master Builders

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is the UK’s largest construction trade association, supporting and providing services to SME builders and construction companies. With over 7,500 members, the FMB helps recruit highly skilled and experienced builders and construction workers to serve as volunteer mentors for young people on VIY projects.

Greater London Authority

Through the GLA’s Good Growth Fund, VIY is helping to transform ‘at risk’ live music and performing arts venues across London at the same time as creating training opportunities for local residents. VIY also works with the Young Londoners Fund, supporting young people excluded from mainstream education.

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.

Travis Perkins

Travis Perkins is the UK’s largest builders’ merchant and supports VIY nationally through the donation of building materials and by TP staff and trade customers volunteering on VIY projects sites. VIY is also providing 400 young people employed by TP through the Kickstart programme with community-based work experience and the chance to gain a City & Guilds qualification.

Youth Futures Foundation

The Youth Futures Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organisation established to find, fund, support and evaluate programmes which help young people to move into meaningful work.  The funding we receive from YFF directly helps more VIY participants to achieve skills and sustained employment and further training outcomes – while also enabling us to better track and evidence these outcomes.

Building, Construction & Trade Sector

Local Authorities/Councils

Grant Funders & Foundations

Housing Associations & Organisations

Sports Clubs & Bodies

Youth Referral Partners