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Volunteer It Yourself seeks regeneration projects in Newark and Sherwood

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A organisation that challenges young people to improve community spaces while learning new skills is looking for places in Newark and Sherwood that could benefit from a refresh or repair.

Volunteer It Yourself has a grant to complete 18 projects across Newark and Sherwood, Bassetlaw and Mansfield between January and June.

Community spaces such as sports clubs, music venues, youth clubs, libraries and community cafés that need a refresh or repair are encouraged to apply.

Volunteer It Yourself (54425261)
Volunteer It Yourself (54425261)

Volunteer It Yourself will entirely fund projects at no cost to the venue, but they 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.

The organisation supports those aged 16 to 24 by giving them employability skills and qualifications, including City & Guilds accreditation.

Community groups who think they have a space that qualifies are encouraged to fill out Volunteer It Yourself’s Google form, and their team will be in touch.

David Lloyd, leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “This is such a fantastic opportunity for our community spaces and young people.

“A Volunteer It Yourself 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, while 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.

Participants are mentored by professional tradespeople and gain Entry Level City and Guilds trade skills accreditation.

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