Projects

We’ve helped to transform over 800 local community places and spaces across the UK since we launched in 2011. That’s everything from youth clubs, community centres, schools and colleges, sports clubs, music and arts venues, and supported housing.

Here you’ll find some highlights from over the years, all completed by our young volunteers and our VIY Trade Mentors, improvement works that the community places would otherwise struggle to make happen.

Aaja Music
Status: Featured Completed
Location: Deptford, South London
Project partners: Barclaycard, Construction Youth Trust, GAP Tool Hire, Travis Perkins Greenwich
Amber Foundation Trowbridge
Status: Featured Completed
Timings: August-September 2022
Location: Trowbridge, Wiltshire
Project partners: Channel 4, Dulux, Sport England, Travis Perkins Trowbridge
Blackwell Adventure
Status: Featured Completed
Timings: May 2024
Location: Bromsgrove, West Midlands
Project works: insulating a sports hall to provide an energy efficient and sustainable venue for a local charity all year round
Project partners: Bromsgrove District Council, Sport England, Dulux, UK Shared Prosperity Fund
Bury Cricket Club
Status: Featured
Location: Bury, Greater Manchester
Project partners: Sport England
Cafe INDIEpendent
Status: Featured
Location: Scunthorpe
Project partners: Music Venue Trust, Doncaster College
Cardiff Pupil Referral Units
Status: Featured Completed
Location: Cardiff
Project partners: Cardiff Council, Centregreat
Chapel-en-le-Frith High School
Status: Featured Completed
Location: Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire
Project partners: The Careers & Enterprise Company, Wickes Macclesfield
Cheetham Hill Sports Club
Status: Featured Completed
Timings: February 2023
Location: Manchester
Project works: renovating the changing facilities for local players
Project partners: Barclays Community Football Fund, Dulux, Sport England, Travis Perkins, GAP
Community Skill Share Shop
Status: Featured Completed
Timings: January 2023
Location: Norwich, Norfolk
Project works: Improving accessibility & kitchen facilities for this community space, including brickwork and tiling
Project partners: NCIL, Dulux, Travis Perkins Norwich
Coventrians Rugby Club
Status: Featured
Location: Coventry
Project partners: Sport England, Toolstation, Travis Perkins
Coventry Saracens RFC
Status: Featured Completed
Timings: October 2023
Location: Coventry
Project works: Creating female facilities to help boost their growing female teams
Project partners: Barclays Community Football Fund, Dulux, Sport England, Think Active
Croydon Football Club
Status: Featured
Location: Croydon
Project partners: Sport England, The Kinetic Foundation, Wickes
DIY Space for London
Status: Featured
Location: Southwark
Project partners: Greater London Authority, Amber Foundation, London South East Colleges
Don Valley Academy
Status: Featured Completed
Location: Doncaster
Project partners: Wickes, Channel 4, Careers & Enterprise Company
The Dublin Castle
Status: Featured
Location: Camden, North London
Project partners: Allianz Musical Insurance, Avondale Construction, Dulux, FMB, Travis Perkins,
Flo Skatepark
Status: Featured
Location: Nottingham
Project partners: GAP Tool Hire, Persimmon Homes, Skateboard GB, Sport England, Travis Perkins
Gabalfa Youth and Community Centre
Status: Featured Completed
Timings: April 2024
Location: Cardiff
Project works: Prepping a space to provide the only music provision for young people in North Cardiff
Project partners: Barclaycard, Dulux
Golden Mede Housing Development
Status: Featured
Location: Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire
Project partners: Rothschild Foundation, Places For People
Gorleston Community Room
Status: Featured Completed
Timings: 12 weeks
Location: Great Yarmouth
Project works: Creating a fit-for-purpose community hub and garden
Project partners: Dulux, Orbit Housing, Travis Perkins Great Yarmouth
Hall Green Boxing Club
Status: Featured
Location: Birmingham
Project partners: Big Lottery Fund
Harton Westoe Miners Club
Status: Featured Completed
Timings: March 2024
Location: South Shields, South Tyneside
Project partners: South Tyneside Council, Sport England, UK Shared Prosperity Fund
Holt Youth Project
Status: Featured
Location: Holt, Norfolk
Project partners: Dulux, GAP Norwich, Norfolk County Council, Travis Perkins Holt, UK Government
Hunslet Warriors Rugby League Club
Status: Featured
Location: Leeds
Project partners: Dulux, Rugby League World Cup, Sport England, Travis Perkins Leeds Coal Road
John Corfield Centre
Status: Featured
Location: Streatham, South London
Project partners: Streatham Youth & Community Trust, Pimlico Plumbers, vinspired, A4e
Magic Youth Club
Status: Featured
Location: Blackpool
Project partners: Blackpool Council, Careers & Enterprise Company, Merseyside Police
Marden Boxing Club
Status: Featured
Location: North Shields, Tyne & Wear
Project partners: Sport England, Gateshead College
Meadowbrook Pupil Referral Unit
Status: Featured
Location: Oxfordshire
Project works: Plumbing, plastering, decorating and tiling
Project partners: Fusion Lifestyle, Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Merryville House
Status: Featured Completed
Timings: 2020
Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Project works: converting an empty townhouse into a new nine-bed supported accommodation
Project partners: Buckinghamshire County Council, Dulux, GAP Hire Solutions, Heart of Bucks Community Foundation, Lawsons, Youth Concern.
Mersey Bowmen Tennis Club
Status: Featured
Location: Sefton Park, Liverpool
Project partners: Sport England, Merseyside Sports Partnership
Middleton Select Boxing Club
Status: Featured Completed
Location: Manchester
Project partners: Dulux, Sport England, Toolstation, Travis Perkins
MK Dons Football Club
Status: Featured
Location: Milton Keynes
Project partners: Milton Keynes College, Wickes Bletchley & Milton Keynes
Newton Cricket Club
Status: Featured
Location: Greater Manchester
Project partners: Cheshire Cricket Board, Dulux, ECB, GMCA, Lancashire Cricket Foundation, Travis Perkins
Norwich Lads Boxing Club
Status: Featured
Location: Norwich, Norfolk
Project partners: Norfolk County Council, Dulux, England Boxing, Travis Perkins Norwich, Sport England
Old Library
Status: Featured Completed
Location: Mansfield
Project partners: Nottinghamshire County Council, Dulux, GAP Tool Hire, UK Government
Paddle Plus
Status: Featured Completed
Timings: 6th-17th March
Location: Leicester
Project works: creating storage space to provide a social-prescribing activity service for those suffering with poor mental health
Project partners: British Canoeing, Paddle Plus, Sport England, Canal and Rivers Trust, Travis Perkins Leicester
Pembroke House
Status: Featured
Location: Walworth, London
Project partners: Greater London Authority, South Thames College, University Academy of Engineering
Phoenix Centre
Status: Featured Completed
Location: Mile Cross, Norwich
Project partners: Norfolk County Council, Dulux, Travis Perkins Norwich, UK Government
Portico Vine Rugby League Club
Status: Featured
Location: St Helens, Merseyside
Project partners: talkSPORT, Wickes Aintree & Warrington
Redditch Youth Hub
Status: Featured Completed
Location: Redditch, West Midlands
Project partners: Benchmarx Redditch, Bromsgrove District Council, North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership, Toolstation, Travis Perkins Redditch, Young Solutions
St Ann’s Library Community Garden & Kitchen
Status: Featured
Location: Haringey, North London
Project works: Creating an outdoor kitchen and growing garden in disused urban space
Project partners: Edible London, Greater London Authority, GAP Tool Hire, Haringey Council, Travis Perkins
St Bede’s Middle School
Status: Featured Completed
Location: Redditch
Project partners: The Careers & Enterprise Company, Wickes Redditch
St Ebbas Hospital – wellbeing garden
Status: Featured Completed
Timings: May 2023
Location: Epsom, Surrey
Project works: converting a disused pavilion into a therapy garden through carpentry and paint work with young CAMs service users
Project partners: Surrey County Council
Shard End Youth Centre
Status: Featured Completed
Location: Birmingham
Wickes store partner(s): Perry Barr
Project partners: Asfari Foundation, multiple local alternative providers
Telford Hornets Rugby Club
Status: Featured
Timings: 2022
Location: Telford, West Midlands
Project partners: Dulux, Gen 22, Sport England, Travis Perkins
The Bridge Project
Status: Featured Completed
Timings: 2021
Location: Doncaster
Project partners: Doncaster Careers Hub, Dulux, Keepmoat Homes, Nexus MAT, Travis Perkins
The Sound Lounge Music Venue
Status: Featured Completed
Timings: October 2020
Location: Sutton
Project works: repurposing a former bank unit into a home of a thriving community music and arts organisation
Project partners: Greater London Authority, Sutton Council
West Nottinghamshire College
Status: Featured
Location: Nottingham
Project partners: Nottinghamshire County Council, Sport England, Travis Perkins Mansfield
Westminster School
Status: Featured Completed
Location: Rowley Regis
Project partners: Wickes, Rowley Regis Hospital and The Careers & Enterprise Company
Woking Youth Arts Centre
Status: Featured
Location: Woking, Surrey
Project partners: Surrey County Council, The Amber Foundation
YMCA Dickerage
Status: Featured
Location: New Malden, Kingston upon Thames
Project partners: Dulux, Sport England, Toolstation
CASE STUDY A dramatic increase in new users to the park Rob Hunter, Kaset Skatepark Manager, King’s Lynn

“VIY has already demonstrated a massive impact to our community for the better and increased our footfall. It has modernised our 16 year old skatepark, renewing interest with our returning skaters and also creating new users to the sport. We are already seeing significantly more use and income for our park, through a raised profile in our local community through local paper coverage and word of mouth. New programmes and memberships are being currently designed as a direct result. Many, many thanks to the VIY teams, who have given us a brighter future.”