The Bridge Project

Completed: 2023
Location: Doncaster
Region: Yorkshire & The Humber
Other local partners: Doncaster Careers Hub, Dulux, Keepmoat Homes, Nexus MAT, Travis Perkins

About the project

Working with Doncaster Careers Hub and Nexus Multi Academy Trust, VIY converted a disused school building at The Bridge School into a new community cafe and activity/exhibition space. 

The project: we designed and created a cafe, named by the students as The Copper Pipe, including decorating and indoor seating, alongside an outdoor seating area, decking and community garden – all through learning and applying carpentry skills.

The young people: 32 young volunteers from 10 local SEN schools

The impact:

  • The cafe is now run by students with special educational needs, offering work placements and supported internships, and acts as a venue for community activities and exhibitions, part of Doncaster Council’s Opportunity Area Initiative
  • The space is now also being for a baby sensory class, a monthly community counsellor surgery, as well as a Community Pantry, offering necessary and essential hygiene and food items to over 100 local people each week, in conjunction with Cambeth Community Project
  • The students hard work has paid off after being awarded a five star health & safety rating in November 2022
  • The project was also heavily supported by VIY partners Dulux and Travis Perkins and local construction sector employer Keepmoat Homes

Accreditations gained: City & Guilds Entry Level 3 in Carpentry and Health & Safety

See the full impact of the project in the partnership film below.

At #TheBridge #Heatherwood students were fully immersed in their first week of work experience with @VIYproject and @duluxuk. Great feedback from teachers and @VIYproject mentors. Project is really taking shape! Doncaster Careers Hub, Twitter