DIY Your Future

Adult Learners' Week Transformation Fund Award
Yorkshire and the Humber

N‘DIY Your Future’ is a group of Asian women, aged 25 to 42, from the Fir Vale area of Sheffield. The women have been in learning DIY skills, while caring for their families, overcoming barriers such as the traditional views of the Asian community about the role of women.

Not only have these women participated in learning whilst their children were at school, but in what is considered to be a male domain! A group of women who began unconfidently to attempt tasks such as decorating, plumbing, electrics, home repairs and negotiating with builders and landlords ended the course ‘empowered’ and with ‘essential life skills’.

Members of the group are now seen as role models in their families and communities, and are proactive in tackling maintenance jobs around the home. The skills the women have learned have helped increase their general confidence, saved them money and have also encouraged a number of the group members to consider enrolling on further courses. One member of the group commented, “In our culture, it’s easy to think that these are men’s jobs - they do the plumbing - and we should just stick to the cooking. But this is a life skill – it really is.” She ended, “The course has been great fun and we have really enjoyed the whole experience.”

Award Winner - DIY Your Future
“In our culture, it’s easy to think that these are men’s jobs - they do the plumbing - and we should just stick to the cooking.”
DIY Your Future, 2010 Award Winner