Volunteer It Yourself (VIY) combines volunteering and DIY by challenging young people aged 16-24 to learn trade skills by helping to fix local community buildings in need of improvement.
They do this with local youth groups, charities, youth organisations, schools and colleges, working with young people most in need.
They work with young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), or at risk of becoming so. To offer them the opportunities for a positive next step.
Benefits for young people.
Learn new trade skills, mentored by professional tradespeople
Build confidence by meeting new people and making friends
City & Guilds Entry Level 3 accreditations, globally recognised qualifications that could help with employment opportunities in the future
Do something good/positive for their community
They have live opportunities in your area now:
They offer up to one week placements or longer depending on the project, for up to 10 young people per week.
Typically Tuesday – Friday from 10:00AM – 3:00PM each day.
To access accreditation opportunities, young people will need to complete 2+ days on site.
This is a free opportunity for young people and VIY can provide assistance with transport and lunch depending on the young person’s circumstances
VIY projects offer hands-on experience for young people in trades such as carpentry, painting & decorating and plumbing. The young people will be mentored by experienced tradespeople who will work alongside them to complete each project.
Learning trade skills, working towards accreditations, they also develop the soft skills to help with their future employability, like confidence, teamwork and communicating with different people.
They offer post project support, helping young people line up further training, internships, apprenticeships and employment opportunities, in the construction industry and beyond.
If you’re interested in VIY’s work, from partnering on projects and referring young people to recruiting experienced tradespeople as mentors and providing progression opportunities for VIY participants, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
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