Community venue in Bexhill given Build Yourself treatment!

11 April 2017

The latest Build Yourself project has given a new lease of life to a community venue and opened up “a whole word of opportunity” to young volunteers.

A staircase and landing area at The Pelham, in Sidley, has been renovated by the Build Yourself project. This means the venue can now use the refurbished ballroom upstairs as a community space for hire.

Build Yourself is a community project run by Fresh Visions, the charity hosted and supported by us.

The project gives low waged and unemployed 18-24 year olds the opportunity to learn DIY skills.

A celebration was held on Friday 31 March at The Pelham where the group were presented with toolkits and vouchers in front of their family and friends.

The work carried out included repairs to floors and doors, plastering and wallpapering.

Build Yourself volunteer Joseph Green, 23, said: “I’m at the end of the course and it’s opened up a whole new world of opportunity. It’s given me a load of new practical skills to use.”

Fellow volunteer Ashley James, 23, added: “The course meant a lot to me, because it gave me a sense and a purpose in life. If it wasn’t for the course I would have been lost.”

Ollie Jeffs, Operations and Development Manager at The Pelham, said: “We’re extremely happy with the work – it’s definitely the most beautiful the building has looked since we’ve owned it and it’s great that it’s been a space where young, local people can learn new skills.”

Ten volunteers carried out the work at The Pelham between 22 February to 31 March.

Naomi Mileham, Senior Programme Coordinator, said: “It’s great this Fresh Visions course has made a huge difference again.

I’m so proud of the volunteers on this course. It’s not only The Pelham which has been
transformed; the transformation in this group of young people has been amazing too. Their confidence has grown, they’ve learnt lots of new skills and it’s great to hear them talking positively about the future.”

Build Yourself also offers opportunities to gain a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card, the leading skills certification scheme within the UK construction industry.

To find out more about Build Yourself contact Naomi Mileham on 01424 776613 or 0800 121 60 60 or email