Youngsters to renovate youth club

Dozens of youngsters are taking part in a project to give something back to the community.

‘Volunteer It Yourself’ (VIY) was launched last week in Ashington, and over the next four months will see more than 80 young people, aged from 14 to 17, and 20 local tradespeople working in their community.

They will be working on renovating the facilities currently used by Ashington Sea Cadets in Black Close Bank, with all the materials and tools being donated by Wickes.

Ashington Sea Cadets is the first youth club building to be renovated through the project .

The planned repair works will include carpentry, tiling, laying new flooring and installing a new kitchen.

Judith Brown, youth club manager, said: “VIY offers our young people learning opportunities, mentor support and ultimately improved facilities. It is teamwork in action.”

The programme is being funded by a £940,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

Mark McGann, deputy director of policy and learning at Big Lottery Fund, said: “It’s fantastic news that young people in the north east will have the opportunity to develop accredited construction skills and refurbish their local youth clubs at the same time.

“We hope the young people will feel proud of their youth clubs because it will be them who will be shaping the building into better places to socialise and get involved in local activities.”

VIY is a youth social action programme, which supports young people to renovate and refurbish youth clubs and community spaces, whilst learning skills from older mentors from the building and construction trade.