DIY SOS hosting Trades Day for volunteers
DIY SOS is calling out for trades and volunteers who are able to donate time and skills, or supplies and materials to help build a brand new support centre for The Roots Foundation Wales in Swansea. They’ve also announced a Trades Day and interested volunteers and donors of supplies and materials are encouraged to attend. Details about the scheme were recently reported by Swansea News Network in DIY SOS BBC Children in Need appeals for volunteers. The project will be one of the Purple Shirts’ most ambitious to date; the plan is that in only 11 days, from 6th – 17th September 2017, the build will be completed.
Willing volunteers and trades requested to email to attend Trades Day
Willing volunteers and donors of supplies and materials will need to attend the Trades Day, which will give volunteers and donors of supplies and materials the opportunity to take a look at the plans for the build, meet the team and see how they can get involved. If you think you can help you are advised to please email DIYSOSCIN@bbc.co.uk before attending on Tuesday 15th August 2017.
The Roots Foundation
The Roots Foundation Wales supports children in care and leaving care, complete with short term accommodation for young people transitioning into adult life.
Special Edition DIY SOS programme
The build will feature in a special edition of the DIY SOS programme in aid of BBC Children in Need, which supports The Roots Foundation Wales.
DIY SOS presenter, Nick Knowles, said:
We are so excited to be back in Wales to shine a light on the challenges faced by some of the UK’s children and young people in care and leaving care. We cannot wait to provide these youngsters with a modern new building and accommodation which will help them reach their full potential.”
We won’t be able to do this alone and building a new property from the ground up is no mean feat. We need hundreds of volunteers and tradespeople, from electricians and plumbers to carpenters and plasterers, not forgetting decorators and anyone else who can spare time, resource or materials, to please get in contact via email@example.com and attend our Trades Day on the 15th August.”
Opportunity to come together and make a difference
Emma Lewis, Chairperson at The Roots Foundation Wales added:
The Roots Foundation Wales delivers support to children and young people in care and leaving care, offering advice and guidance on topics such as finance, cooking, health and employment whilst helping to prepare them for adult life. We also provide intensive support through initiatives such as our C.A.R.E Project which is funded by BBC Children in Need and delivers help to children and young people in care or leaving care who are at risk of exploitation.”
The children and young people we work with are vulnerable, often isolated and may lack a support network. We are so grateful for this opportunity and hope the local community, Wales and beyond come together to get involved, it really will make a difference.”
Programme airs in November
DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC Children in Need Special (working title) will air this November during BBC Children in Need Appeal week.
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