VIY a winner at Hollis Awards

Wednesday 28th March 2012


The VIY (Volunteer It Yourself) pilot project, created and managed by CoSpA in partnership with London Youth, has been judged Best Low Budget Sponsorship campaign at the 2012 Hollis Sponsorship Awards. The scheme won in a hotly contested category, beating off competition from projects supported by Lego, Sharwoods and Southern Water.

VIY was also one of only four campaigns (drawn from more than 90 shortlisted entries across all the Awards categories) nominated by the Hollis judges for Sponsorship Innovation Of The Year. On the night, the project missed out to the Tate Movie Project (an animation film made “by kids, for kids”), sponsored by BP – a worthy winner!

Volunteer It Yourself combines volunteering and DIY, and involves young people learning practical trade skills on the job whilst volunteering to renovate and repair their local youth club or community centre building.

The pilot project in Streatham, south London, was supported by A4ePimlico Plumbers, v and Wickes.

VIY is now being extended to ten regions throughout the UK over the next two years.

For more information on the VIY pilot project, see the site here.

In a blog post on the Plimlico Plumbers site, founder Charlie Mullins says;

“No amount of awards can compete with the achievement, which was to completely renovate the inside of the 50 year old club, and replace the ailing roof, while at the same time teaching members and unemployed youths from the area vital work skills and experience…. Surely when people ask – what does the phrase the phrase ‘Big Society’ really mean? The answer is clear – VIY!”

You can also read about VIY and the Hollis Award on the London Youth website .