DIY SOS, BBC Children in Need Special appeals for volunteers
Appeal for volunteers and tradespeople as filming begins
The BBC One, DIY SOS show’s Build Manager, Mark Millar is appealing for support from volunteers and tradespeople as filming begins this week at the Swansea-based project, The Roots Foundation.
On Monday 24th July, DIY SOS started the transformation of a dilapidated building which is home to the Swansea-based organisation, The Roots Foundation Wales. The Roots Foundation offers support to children and young people in care or leaving care.
11 days in September – volunteers needed
The overhaul began with the demolition of the property and the DIY SOS team will have just 11 days in September to build a brand-new support centre, complete with short term accommodation for young people leaving the care system, in its place. Mark Millar is currently appealing for volunteers and tradespeople to get involved and help in any way they can.
DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC Children in Need Special (working title) requires the support of hundreds of volunteers and tradespeople to achieve this ambitious task in the 11-day timeframe. The team is seeking volunteers and donations of materials as well as help from tradespeople including, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, plasterers, decorators and landscape gardeners who may be able to offer support. Those who are interested in lending a helping hand can contact, email@example.com.
One of biggest builds to date – will change lives
Mark Millar from BBC One’s DIY SOS team, said:
What a day! It is brilliant to be in Swansea once again and get cracking on what’s going to be one of our biggest builds to date. We are really going to need the community to come out in force and help support this tremendous cause. So come on Wales, what are you waiting for? This build will change the lives of some of the country’s children and young people who need our support most – and we can’t do it without you.”
We’ll need lots of support so anyone who can spare time, resource or materials, please get in contact via firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Purpose built facility will offer vital support to children and young people in care
Emma Lewis, Chairperson at The Roots Foundation Wales added:
It was so very bitter-sweet watching the demolition of our old property, The Hut, but we are just so very excited about what’s to come. The prospect of having a purpose built facility which will not only allow us to conduct our vital support to children and young people in care and leaving care but also have transitional housing attached is just beyond our wildest dreams.”
We urge everyone across Wales and the rest of the UK to get involved in any way that they can. This renovation really will mean the world to the young children and young people we support.”
The Roots Foundation Wales
The Roots Foundation Wales, established in August 2011, is an inspiring project which offers support to children and young people in care or leaving care, those in kinship care and their carers based in Swansea and South Wales. The Foundation has been allocated over £139,500 in BBC Children in Need funding since 2014 to provide the C.A.R.E (Children at Risk of Exploitation) Project. This offers support to children and young people in care who are at risk of exploitation with the aim of reducing any risk-taking behaviour whilst helping to raise their confidence and increase their skills. BBC Children in Need now funds 15 projects in Swansea with over £1 million hard at work to benefit young lives in the region.
DIY SOS: The Big Build – 18 years transforming homes and lives …
The programme DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC Children in Need Special (working title) will air this November during BBC Children in Need Appeal week. DIY SOS: The Big Build is presented by Nick Knowles and has been running for 18 years. Nick and the team of Purple Shirts galvanise the local community to help one of their own in need, transforming homes and lives, usually in just nine days. The series has helped more than 70 families in need with Big Builds as well as regenerating a run-down street in Manchester for veterans. For BBC Children in Need, the award winning DIY SOS and an amazing army of volunteers have built a youth centre in Liverpool, a children’s centre in Edinburgh, a parent-led centre for disabled children in Peterborough and a respite centre for young carers in Blackpool. The show regularly gets over 5 million viewers on BBC One.
BBC Children in Need – vision of safe happy and secure childhood
BBC Children in Need’s vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential. The charity realises this vision by supporting, promoting and publicising work that addresses the challenges that children and young people face and work that builds their skills and resilience. BBC Children in Need is currently supporting 2,400 projects in communities across the UK that are helping children and young people facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma.
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