Volunteer It Yourself (VIY) gives the young people it works with valuable skills and also benefits other young people by improving the buildings they use. Many of the youth clubs renovated by the project now have better facilities and a wider range of activities as a direct result of the work, which has increased attendance.
The young people who take part gain a vocational qualification that can lead to further training, work placements or opportunities for apprenticeships with local employers. As well as learning transferable practical skills, they also benefit from increased confidence, communication skills and the ability to work in a team – all important tools that will help them both in their careers and in life.
The volunteer skilled trades mentors have the satisfaction of being a role model to the young participants, using their own skills and experience to make a different to someone else’s life.
One participant who suffers with depression commented that Mondays were no longer the worst day of the week for him because now he looks forward to coming to VIY and feels it has given him a real insight into what he wants to achieve and what he is capable of when he puts his mind to something. He has now become a peer mentor for other VIY projects and is looking to progress to an apprenticeship in construction skills.
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