Down time has got a lot more fun thanks to a project between Pioneers Leading the Way (a youth empowerment charity), Wickes and social enterprise VIY (Volunteer It Yourself), which has seen local young people help build downhill go karts at the Bordesley Green Allotments. Following the project, the 38 volunteers gained accreditation in Carpentry.
The work, which was carried out in association with VIY, took place over a weekend and helped young volunteers learn valuable skills in carpentry by helping to build downhill go-karts. The work was completed alongside Pioneers Leading the Way, who are a charity that specialise in raising self-esteem, confidence and motivation, and both building and using the go-karts will hopefully fulfil this. Taking part in the project, aims to boost confidence amongst volunteers, and also helps to open doors thanks to their new qualifications. The Perry Barr Wickes store helped fund the project by donating materials required.
Mohammad Askar, Lead Mentor at Pioneers said: “Our volunteers really enjoyed getting involved in this project and it’s fantastic to see them working hard and enjoying themselves whilst gaining new found confidence and new skills that will help them in the future. They did a fantastic job and goes to show just how much can be accomplished in two days when everyone rolls up their sleeves and pitches in.”
Alistair Trevitt, Store Manager of Wickes, Perry Barr said: “It was great to be involved in such a worthwhile project that builds young people’s confidence and brings them together to teach them valuable DIY and trade skills. The downhill go karts look great and will hopefully be a great addition to the local community. It’s been wonderful to see such enthusiasm from everyone involved.”