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Volunteer It Yourself

What is Volunteer It Yourself?

VIY is a social enterprise launched in 2011. Their primary goal is to help young people, aged between 14-24, learn vocational trade skills and help renovate local community premises’. These young volunteers are mentored by local trade professionals and have the opportunity to work towards entry level City & Guilds trade skills accreditations.


Since launch…

  • More than 13,000 young people have volunteered

  • There have been over 700 projects across the UK and counting

  • Over 1130 trade professionals have supported and shared their skills by mentoring

  • More than 5120 young volunteers have achieved entry level 3 City & Guilds skills qualification

  • Over 1740 NEET (not in employment, education or training) participants aged over 16 continued training or gained employment

(Figures as of June 2022)

How’s TP involved?

Between the start of our involvement in 2020 up until November 2021, over 45 Travis Perkins branches have given their support to over 60 VIY projects across the UK - donating products and materials, and either volunteering as mentors or visiting the project work itself.
These projects range from youth centres to local sports facilities, schools, theatres and community venues - all of which were in desperate need of essential repairs and refurbishment. 

This is just the start of our partnership with VIY’s local community projects, and we’re incredibly proud of the work and donations given from our hard-working branch colleagues to these valuable and worthwhile schemes. So why not get involved yourself and become a mentor. Change someone's life by sharing your skills and give others the opportunity to learn from you.


To find out more about what VIY does and how you can get involved visit their website. If you would like to lend a hand, whatever trade you’re in, or for general enquiries about VIY, simply drop a line to


Below are some of the projects highlights. You can see more on the VIY website.