Young people improve DIY skills with barbecue building

17 August 2018

We have teamed up with construction company Galliford Try to offer their young people in foyers across Cornwall the opportunity to learn DIY and construction skills. 

We run a regular skills programme at our foyers where a trained support worker, Steve Barnard, spends a day a week teaching the young people a range of DIY skills, including making repairs to accommodation, putting up shelves or pictures and learning to change plugs and lightbulbs. 

Our aim is to equip young people with the skills to enable them to move on to independent living. 

Victor Hague, 19, who lives in the Truro foyer and is in the final year of a construction course at Truro College. He offered to build an outside barbecue area for each of the six foyers across Cornwall – Liskeard, Bodmin, Truro, Redruth, Carn Brea and Penzance - and was keen to put his skills to use. 

Galliford Try have kindly supplied all of the bricks for the project free of charge. 

Claire Arymar, LiveWest team manager for youth services, said: “Victor has lived at Truro foyer for the past one-and-a-half years and has a keen interest in construction. He wanted to give something back to the foyers and this was the perfect project for him. 

“Rather than paying for disposable barbecues, this was a great idea to have permanent ones. In terms of engaging people on a social level, nothing quite does it like a good barbecue.” 

Our foyers across Cornwall provide supported housing for young people aged 16 to 24 years. 

We offer guidance to young people to help them develop the skills and confidence to manage their lives independently. 

Arymar added: “Victor has benefited from our skills programme and it is great to see the youngsters demonstrating what they have learnt.”