Volunteer it Yourself – Club Facility Improvement Funding
Volunteer It Yourself, working in partnership with County Sports Partnerships, is offering sports clubs and organisations in Middlesex the opportunity to pilot a new national volunteering and facility development project.
Funded through Sport England and sponsor Wickes, the project will see at least 15 sports clubs across the country benefit from delivering a community facilities renovation project, and in so doing, creating great experience for local young people.
Background to Volunteer It Yourself (VIY) and the Sports Club Pilot Project
ViY combines volunteering and DIY by challenging young people aged 14-24 to learn trade and building skills, on the job, by helping to renovate and repair community buildings. The initiative is sponsored by Wickes, who provide materials up to a value of £2,000.
The ViY Sports Clubs Project
This project is about expanding ViY’s services to grassroots and community sports clubs struggling with facilities in need of repair/improvement, but who can mobilise their local network to find young people and tradespeople to make the project happen.
If selected, a sporting club or organisation will receive significant support and resources to develop the ViY model to undertake a major refurbishment or building project. This includes:
- Support with the development and planning of the project
- Creating a structure for managing the volunteers and tradespeople to deliver the projects
- Support in providing materials for the project
- Providing accredited qualifications for young people through City and Guilds
- Providing opportunities for young people to gain further experience.
What ViY are looking for
In order to establish a partnership project, ViY need a club that:
- Is well run and at the heart of the local community
- Is passionate about volunteering and supporting local young people
- Has an idea to improve its facilities that will provide quality experiences for young people to volunteer over a period of a few weeks, with a project ready for delivery in 2019
- Can find 30-40 young people either through its participant base or its networks
- Can find 4-5 tradespeople that are willing to mentor the young people through their volunteering
Expressions of interest must be submitted by Thursday 19th July 2018.
Volunteer It Yourself Guidance Document