Build-it involves young people and professional tradespeople volunteering together to build, repair and refurbish empty homes and community spaces.
The project was established by London Youth and Cospa, working in partnership with Lambeth Council and Lambeth College with funding from the Big Lottery Fund. The idea for the project was tested in a pilot project in Brixton in 2012, and was featured in the first episode of Channel 4’s documentary series, The Secret Millions, in which young people worked with architect George Clarke to bring an empty house back into use.
Build-it is about enabling the learning and sharing of vocational skills, and promoting greater mutual understanding and respect between generations in local communities. Starting shortly at the Stockwell Park Estate, the project will give 1,500 young people from Lambeth the chance to learn key trade skills. Tradespeople and others act as mentors, with participants gaining accredited qualifications and access to further training, employment support and work opportunities through the housing associations and building contractors which support the project.