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Volunteer It Yourself - Sports Club Project Pilot

Volunteer It Yourself is a pilot project offering clubs £2,000 worth of funding from Wickes to deliver a volunteering project to young people.

Volunteer It Yourself, working in partnership with Merseyside Sport, is offering sports clubs and organisations in eight CSP regions the opportunity to pilot a new national volunteering and facility development project.

Funded through Sport England and sponsor Wickes, the project will see at least 15 sports clubs across the country benefit from delivering a community facilities renovation project, and in so doing, creating great experience for local young people.

Piloting the project in the following regions:

London
Greater Manchester
Merseyside
Leicestershire & Rutland
Tees Valley
Cambridgeshire
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
Tyne and Wear

The initiative will work with these eight CSPs, chosen strategically against a number of criteria, with a deadline of 19 July for submission of the Expressions of Interest as part the second round of the programme.

The overall objective across the two rounds is to develop 15 new VIY projects nationally, and in the first round 8 projects were successful with their application.

The Opportunity
If selected, a sporting club or organisation will receive significant support and resources to develop the VIY model to undertake a major refurbishment or building project. This includes:

Support with the development and planning of the project
Working with the club, VIY will help to develop the idea into a realistic, achievable project, with clear milestones and a project plan.

Creating a structure for managing the volunteers and tradespeople to deliver the projects
VIY will work with the club to develop a way of getting the most out of the volunteers that have been identified, through providing a structure that rewards and recognises volunteers and ensures that they are valued and achieve real benefit. VIY will ensure the project is supported from their side by the presence of one of their Lead Mentors, as well as a dedicated Project Manager.

Support in providing materials for the project
Through sponsors Wickes, we are able to commit to up to £2,000 worth of building materials to support a project.

Providing accredited qualifications for young people through City and Guilds
As part of the project, young people achieving the appropriate number of hours experience can gain an accredited qualification. The qualification is a City and Guilds Entry Level 3 Award in Employability Skills, with further specialisation in the chosen skill (for example painting and decorating or plumbing).

Providing opportunities for young people to gain further experience
A key aim of the project is to support young people to progress, for example by undertaking further qualifications or finding work.

Please CLICK HERE for more information or VIY recommend that you contact Merseyside Sport to discuss your project before submitting an application. Email Andrew Wileman via a.wileman@merseysidesport.com or call 0151 427 3889.

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