Year 9’s create a sustainable well-being space for their school!

27/01/2022 News

Despite the challenges of COVID-19 in 2021, we took every opportunity to work alongside our young people in person and get them practically engaged in inspiring activities.  

Generously funded by John Lyon’s Charity, a standout moment of 2021 was the pilot of our new Building Brighter Futures programme designed to re-engage harder-to reach young people in KS3. Working with students over a 6-7 week period at both Fulham Boys School and St Augustine’s School, the pilot saw the creation of practical construction projects designed to positively impact their school communities.   

At Fulham Boys School Year 9 students took the opportunity to design and create a  designated wellbeing space. As a team, they decided that they wanted to create a bench with internal storage, whilst also repainting a wall to create a relaxing atmosphere. 

Over 7 weeks the students planned their build, including ensuring that the project stuck to budget! Responsible for every aspect of the project, the group even visited a local builder’s merchant to purchase their materials. The students showcased their presentation skills to industry volunteers in a ‘pitch your design’ session and developed their teamwork skills as they worked together to create their wellbeing space.  

Construction Youth Trust did some amazing work with our year 9 boys last year. I was very proud of the work the boys were able to do, both painting my office and building a bench that they and other students could use. The CYT team was amazing and several boys have asked to work on the programme again. I am very pleased that another group of boys get to work with the fantastic team at CYT this year. – Teacher at Fulham Boys School 

At St Augustine school, the students also decided upon a well-being build, designing an area within their playground. The group felt that the area was lacking a peaceful seating space so wanted to create something for all to enjoy! 

The students designed a multiuse seating area, providing a space for students to relax interspersed with planters. It is a space which everyone can use within the school, and they were all so proud to leave a sustainable lasting legacy!  

Before the programme, I didn’t know a lot about construction and thought it was just a hands-on job that men did on site. But now I know women can do it too! - Student  

I liked that we saw different parts of the industry including finance and sustainability in terms of where materials come from. I found that new and interesting – Student  

I liked the hands-on part. That is how I learn best, so it was good to have something different to the usual class-based lessons – Student  

The project has created a buzz around school and the teachers and head teacher have been keen to hear about it. Construction Youth Trust were flexible and listened to our needs as a school which is hugely valued. The pupils’ opinions were taken into account which helped create a feeling of ownership for the project - Teacher at St Augustine School

Thank you to John Lyon’s Charity for their support of our work and we look forward to inspiring more young people over 2022!