Community projects wanted to help young people learn new vocational skills and qualifications

Posted on: Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Volunteer It Yourself (VIY), who challenge young people to regenerate community spaces whilst learning new vocational skills, are looking for valued community spaces in Newark and Sherwood that could benefit from a refresh or repair.

VIY has received a grant from the Community Renewal Fund to complete 18 projects across Newark and Sherwood, Bassetlaw and Mansfield between January and June 2022.

Community spaces such as sports clubs, music venues, youth clubs, libraries and community cafes that need a refresh or repair are encouraged to apply. VIY will entirely fund projects at no cost to the venue, but projects must not exceed £25,000.

Ideal works needed include carpentry (portioning space, accessibility ramps, outdoor furniture or spaces), installing or refurbishing bathrooms, simple kitchen refresh or installation, and painting and decorating.

VIY projects support local young people aged 16-24 years old by equipping them with employability skills and qualifications including City & Guilds accreditations. 

Examples of work completed by Volunteer It Yourself include transforming the facilities of Marden Boxing Club into a safer place to train and helping to convert the ground floor of an empty bank in Sutton into a new community music and arts venue called the Sound Lounge.

Community groups who think they have a space that qualifies are encouraged to fill out VIY's Google form, and their team will be in touch shortly. 

Councillor David Lloyd, Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “This is such a fantastic opportunity for our community spaces and young people. A VIY project will mean that valued community venues have the potential to receive a refresh at no cost to them, allowing them to continue supporting our wider community, whilst also championing our young people by giving them the opportunity to gain vital skills, experiences and qualifications. It's crucial that we continue supporting the younger generations in finding a meaningful career they will enjoy, particularly after what has undoubtedly been a challenging time.

"I highly encourage any community group who feels they have a space that is both eligible and would benefit from a VIY project, to complete their Google form or contact the Volunteer It Yourself team."

Volunteer It Yourself combines DIY and volunteering by helping young people learn vocational trade skills whilst helping repair and refurbish community facilities. Participants are mentored by professional tradespeople and gain Entry Level City and Guilds trade skills accreditations. More information about VIY can be found:

The UK Community Renewal Fund supports communities to pilot programmes and new approaches ahead of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The government wants to unlock new ideas and pilot programmes to better support people and communities in need across the UK through these pilots.