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Volunteers tidy up playground

Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.co.uk - Knottingley Youth Club, Knottingley, England - 050414 - Volunteers helping to spruce up the play area.

Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.co.uk - Knottingley Youth Club, Knottingley, England - 050414 - Volunteers helping to spruce up the play area.

Young people in Knottingley have been given an opportunity to gain skills and qualifications through the Big Lottery funded Volunteer It Yourself (VIY) programme.

A group of people aged between 14 and 24 has been painting and decorating the Old Quarry adventure playground on the Warwick Estate.

They are being mentored and trained by local tradespeople as part of the scheme, which is backed by City and Guilds.

VIY is a social action programme supporting young people to renovate youth clubs and community spaces while learning skills from older mentors in the building and construction trade.

The young people can also gain City and Guilds qualifications through the scheme.

The VIY scheme has been made possible by a £940,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund and the tools and materials for the renovation have been donated by Wickes.

Rosie Ferguson, chief executive of VIY partner London Youth, said: “The combination of giving young people the chance to plan and then carry out the renovation of their club, learning from mentors drawn from the local community and supported by nationally recognised partners in Wickes and City and Guilds contains all the elements of what we believe high quality youth work to be. We’ve been delivering the programme successfully with youth clubs in England and Wales and are delighted that young people from Yorkshire will benefit from being a part of VIY.”

Mark McGann, Big Lottery Fund spokesperson, said: “Not only will young people have the opportunity to refurbish their local youth clubs and shape them into places where they want to socialise, they can also gain accredited construction skills which will provide invaluable work experience to boost their employment prospects.” Visit www.volunteerityourself.org .

 

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