VIY develops new hub in North East

3 April 2024 | All News

The move marks expansion across the north for VIY following key programmes across the North West including with Lancashire Cricket and further south in Yorkshire & The Humber.

We’re expanding our work across to the North East, thanks to part-funding from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, on new programmes with South Tyneside and Gateshead Councils respectively, to positively impact local young people and community spaces.

In South Tyneside, we’re embarking on four projects in the local area, with our first project at Harton Westoe Miners Club/South Shields Football Club completed in March. See what we did here. Next, we’ll be helping Boldon Colliery FC to become more welcoming for their growing female football and cricket teams by creating more inclusive changing spaces.

In Gateshead, we’ll be helping to renovate three local community spaces, including the Gateshead Redheugh 1957 Community Football Club, Team Life Centre and Bensham Grove Community Centre.

Know of young people 16+ who would benefit from the VIY experience in this region?

Projects will be match-funded by other VIY partners such as Sport England and Barclays Community Football Fund, and supported with materials donated by our Trade Partners including Dulux.

Are you a local tradesperson interested in helping out?

About the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

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