Harton Westoe Miners Club

8 April 2024

The project:

Harton & Westoe Miners Welfare support the wellbeing of all people in their local community and help make life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience. Their sports and recreational facilities host many different sports including football, gymnastics, bowls and cricket, as well as a function room. However there was little storage for all of the different sports to safely store the equipment at the venue. We created a stud wall across the full length of the function room, split into four lockable storage cupboards.

The young people: 18 young people from South Tyneside College, mostly young people for whom English is a second language

The impact:

  • 12 Entry Level 3 City & Guilds accreditations earned in Carpentry and Painting & Decorating
  • New lockable storage cupboards for different sports clubs to use to secure their equipment safely and efficiently
  • A larger, decluttered function room, freed up from storage to hire out for external events, to secure financial sustainability for the club

Gabalfa Community Centre

22 March 2024

Amber Foundation Surrey

19 October 2023

This will be our fourth renovation project with Amber Foundation to-date, and our second at Amber Foundation Surrey – a wonderful charity who support young people at risk of homelessness.

Our partnership with Amber is a win-win for spaces and skills – not only have we renovated parts of the buildings young people live in temporarily to help them rebuild healthier lives across three of their sites, those same young people also volunteer with us on other external community projects to gain skills, experience and confidence. Helping young people like Vanessa to build a brighter future.

  • 50+ young people volunteering with Amber across 20+ VIY projects
  • 3 of 4 Amber residential centres renovated by VIY
  • Multiple City & Guilds accreditations gained by Amber volunteers on one or more projects

The project

This is also our first project in partnership with Shanly Homes, a large homebuilder in the South East and the Shanly Foundation, who are looking to have a positive impact on young people and their local communities in which they operate.

Phase 1 – November 2023

19 young people, all residents supported by Amber in Surrey, cleared a large piece of overgrown land and jetwashed their paved area to create a more useable outdoor area. This has made way for more outdoor learning spaces, where we replaced old, dishevelled structures with new and converting some disused outdoor buildings into brand new health, wellbeing and therapy spaces, including an external glow-up to make them more inviting and homely. All with the help of our VIY Trade Mentors.

See Phase 1 here

Phase 2 – Spring 2024

We will then be repairing and replacing roofing in their stables, to enable us to create a whole new usable room, by boarding out and redecorating, for the team to use for further learning and training for the young people supported by Amber.

Take a look at some of our impact so far with Amber Foundation:

Boosting wellbeing at Trowbridge

Creating inspiring spaces in Devon

Success story: helping Angel take his next steps

Amber residents repeat volunteering with VIY


23 February 2024

The Old Farm Bus

9 February 2024


29 January 2024

Stratford Boxing Club

29 January 2024

When we first spoke to Stratford Sports Club, the town had just faced their worst floods in a decade. Our call couldn’t have come at a better time, as we stepped in with our second project with Stratford-on-Avon District Council to help kick the boxing club back into action.

The project:

The boxing club was badly damaged in the basement of the building, with water rising up to the punchbags – pictured here on the right.

We helped the club dry out the space, before recladding, repairing and redecorating the walls throughput the space damaged by the flood, and popping some equipment back into the club.

The young people: 19 local young people from partners including Welcombe Hills School (all with special educational needs), Warwickshire Youth Justice Service and Warwickshire College Group, as well four local volunteers with refugee or asylum seeker status, who joined the project to build their skills and to be part of the local community.

The impact:

  • A club ready to fit new flooring to get their doors back open in April and young people training in the club
  • Hear from Lorenzo below, to see the impact on his life – who has now gone on to volunteer on another VIY project on our programme in Bromsgrove
  • A brilliant collaborative effort, working alongside local partners including welcomed us to the town, including Stratford Police, Stratford JobCentre, Warwickshire County Council, CAVA in Stratford, building on the success of our project in 2023 at Temple Grafton Village Hall

📸 Action shots here by Alexia Doughty Photography and friend of the club.

Project part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, match-funded by Sport England. The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-shared-prosperity-fund-prospectus

Woodrow Meeting Rooms

2 February 2024

The Space CIC

16 February 2024

Dukinfield Cricket Club

20 December 2023

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