Redditch Youth Hub

Completed: 2022
Location: Redditch, West Midlands
Region: West Midlands
Other local partners: Benchmarx Redditch, Bromsgrove District Council, North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership, Toolstation, Travis Perkins Redditch, Young Solutions

About the project

Young Solutions, a youth training provider in Worcestershire, have never had a central location to meet and help young people from. They were faced with an office in the local town hall, which wouldn’t have been fit to run training activities and support groups, to benefit the learning, development and next steps for their young people.

The project: This 14 day VIY project was our sixth in partnership with Toolstation, seeing us convert two disused units, formerly used as a foodbank underneath the Kingfisher Shopping Centre, into one space for local young people to make their own. We’ve repainted the whole space and refurbished with a new kitchen (our first donated by Benchmarx) and storage facilities for future communal events and classes, whilst the outdoor space has been renovated with outdoor seating and will host regular sporting activities and community events. It also features a kitchen area for young people to learn cookery and provide free meals to people participating in sporting activities.

The young people: 17 volunteers from youth support organisations in the local area, including YMCA Redditch, Bromsgrove District Council and the UP Foundation

The impact? A profound result for the local community, the young VIY volunteers and a new space they’ve even named themselves – W.I.S.E.

A safe, central space for youth work which didn’t exist before in Redditch, now signposted by the likes of the NHS, CAMHS and local social services

5x number of young people in the first six months than initially forecasted

Luke Maguire, Enhanced Youth Support Officer for Young Solutions, who’s dedicated half of his life to working with young people, has never seen impact like this.

“I can’t praise the VIY mentors enough. They were able to generate a relationship with these people inside 3-4 days and help contribute towards the ambitions of the young people we work with to help them want to work, learn and grow, which usually needs weeks or months to make inroads. 

One key example for me was a young man who had recently gone through substance misuse and alcohol addiction and looked unlikely to complete our course, then came in on Monday (after a weekend) and said, “I decided not to get wrecked last night, I wanted to come in today fresh and not get buzzed out.”

By day 3-4, this young man had actively decided against taking a substance the night before and he made a decision to go down path A and not B, all because he wanted to come in, complete his work and take ownership of what he was tasked with that day. This project potentially influenced a young man to make a decision that could have saved his life. That’s the true impact VIY can make.”

Accreditations gained: 12 Entry Level 3 City & Guilds accreditations in Carpentry, Painting & Decorating and Health & Safety

See the project in action here

We’re delighted to continue our support of the VIY team by helping refurbish a fantastic community space at the Youth Hub in Redditch. This project will encourage young people to develop confidence and learn practical trade and building skills and earn a qualification Lesa Stanton, PR and Charity Manager, Toolstation
The project has been extremely fulfilling. I’ve had so much support from the staff on site and I have seen a huge change in the young people in such a short period of time. Mark Teulon, VIY Lead Mentor
I wanted to make sure that I came into work fresh today, so last night I made sure that I had a good night’s sleep. Young VIY Volunteer, Redditch
It’s good team building skills and you get the sense of family. Sometimes you can disagree on things, but then you can also work together and when you complete something you really feel a sense of accomplishment. Young VIY Volunteer, Redditch
I want to come back and do this again, I’ve really enjoyed the project and making the furniture. Young VIY Volunteer, Redditch