VIY has enabled 600+ projects across the UK since its launch in 2011. Project sites comprise buildings and facilities that young people use and benefit from, including youth clubs, community centres, schools and colleges, sports clubs, music and arts venues, and supported housing – and all projects involve young volunteers and their mentors undertaking refurbishment and improvement works that the venues would otherwise struggle to make happen.

VIY projects can vary in duration from just a couple of days to 3-4 months, depending on the scope and scale of work required. Some longer-term ‘Hub’ project sites (such as Shard End Youth Centre in Birmingham and Magic Youth Club in Blackpool) can also host multiple groups of young people in ongoing construction skills workshop activity over an extended period (i.e. six months and beyond).

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Below are case studies on a selection of typical VIY projects.

West Nottinghamshire College
Location: Nottingham
Project partners: Nottinghamshire County Council, Sport England, Travis Perkins Mansfield
Dublin Castle
Location: 94 Parkway, London NW1 7AN
Project partners: Allianz Musical Insurance, Avondale Construction, Dulux, FMB, Travis Perkins,
Basingstoke Rugby Club
Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire
Project partners: Sport England, Wickes
Birchwood Care Home
Location: Chesham, Buckinghamshire
Project partners: Wickes Chesham
Bury Cricket Club
Location: Bury, Greater Manchester
Project partners: Sport England
Cafe INDIEpendent
Location: Scunthorpe
Project partners: Music Venue Trust, Doncaster College
Chapel-en-le-Frith High School
Location: Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire
Project partners: The Careers & Enterprise Company, Wickes Macclesfield
Coventrians Rugby Club
Location: Coventry
Project partners: Sport England, Toolstation, Travis Perkins
Croydon Football Club
Location: Croydon
Project partners: Sport England, The Kinetic Foundation, Wickes
DIY Space for London
Location: Southwark
Project partners: Greater London Authority, Amber Foundation, London South East Colleges
Eric Allin Community Centre
Location: Northumberland Park, Haringey
Project partners: GLA, Haringey Council, Homes For Haringey, Ideal Handyman, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation
Flo Skatepark
Location: Nottingham
Project partners: GAP Tool Hire, Persimmon Homes, Skateboard GB, Sport England, Travis Perkins
Golden Mede Housing Development
Location: Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire
Project partners: Rothschild Foundation, Places For People
Hall Green Boxing Club
Location: Birmingham
Project partners: Big Lottery Fund
John Corfield Centre
Location: Streatham, Lambeth
Project partners: Streatham Youth & Community Trust, Pimlico Plumbers, vinspired, A4e
Magic Youth Club
Location: Blackpool
Project partners: Blackpool Council, Careers & Enterprise Company, Merseyside Police
Marden Boxing Club
Location: North Shields, Tyne & Wear
Project partners: Sport England, Gateshead College
Meadowbrook Pupil Referral Unit
Location: Abingdon & Kidlington
Project partners: Fusion Lifestyle, Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Mersey Bowman Tennis Club
Location: Sefton Park, Liverpool
Project partners: Sport England, Merseyside Sports Partnership
MK Dons Football Club
Location: Milton Keynes
Project partners: Milton Keynes College, Wickes Bletchley & Milton Keynes
Pembroke House
Location: Walworth
Project partners: Greater London Authority, South Thames College, University Academy of Engineering
Portico Vine Rugby League Club
Location: St Helens, Merseyside
Project partners: talkSPORT, Wickes Aintree & Warrington
St Bede’s Middle School
Location: Redditch
Project partners: The Careers & Enterprise Company, Wickes Redditch
Woking Youth Arts Centre
Location: Woking, Surrey
Project partners: Surrey County Council, The Amber Foundation
YMCA Dickerage
Location: New Malden, Kingston upon Thames
Project partners: Dulux, Sport England, Toolstation
Youth Concern Drop-In Centre
Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Project partners: Rothschild Foundation, Heart of Bucks (Bucks Community Foundation)
CASE STUDY A venue's perspective: improving and securing a youth centre Jules Lancaster, Manager, Shard End Youth Centre

“The project has directly helped secure the centre’s future, as the level of funding we receive from our local council is largely dependent on increasing the number of young people using and benefiting from our facilities and the activities we run – and crucially, almost all of the young people who have participated in VIY at Shard End (91 out of 97 participants) have not previously been members or involved at the centre.”