Some of our most heart-warming Let’s Colour projects were developed to help paint a better future for the next generation. By partnering with the Volunteer It Yourself charity, we’ve been able to support young people aged 14 to 24 at risk of disengagement or exclusion from mainstream education and training. The programme adopts a brilliant, win-win approach: VIY learners are mentored by local professional tradespeople to help refurbish youth and community facilities in need of essential repairs so the young volunteers can learn vocational trade skills on the job. In the past two years, our collaboration with VIY has enabled the transformation of 97 community projects and enabled over 900 young people gain trade accreditations.
In Coventry, we collaborated with VIY to help a team of young people successfully refurbish a music venue - and even build a new stage - for The Tin, a charity that provides music training for teenagers. A VIY team of young people were involved in improving the disabled facilities at iconic pub and venue The Dublin Castle in Camden, London. And we put the leftover paint from the second series of Changing Rooms to good use in Trowbridge, working with VIY volunteers to transform the day-to-day spaces in a residential centre for young adults at risk of homelessness.
Additionally, for 15 years, we’ve been supporting the Outward Bound Trust, helping to fund this educational charity that takes young, often disadvantaged, people on outdoor adventures to help them change their perspective and improve their resilience and confidence.