DIY SOS Calls for Roofing Industry Volunteers to Help with Children in Need Project

AS PART of BBC Children in Need, the DIY SOS team are taking on an ambitious build in Blackburn with Darwen to benefit a local charity and are calling on local tradespeople for their help.

The Big Build BBC Children in Need Special will see Nick Knowles and his team, complete the conversion of a rundown church hall in Blackburn with Darwen, originally built in the early 1800’s, into accommodation and a support centre for Nightsafe: a Blackburn charity which provides support to young people aged 16 to 24 who are homeless or vulnerably housed.

The team are initially calling for surveyors to volunteer their time to establish any work that may need to be carried out on the existing roof. Once the survey is complete and they are confident that the roof needs attention, the show’s producers hope to encourage roofers and roofing suppliers to get involved with the project.

The current Nightsafe building is bursting at the seams; they have an emergency shelter but they need more space to support vulnerable young people in the area and help to get them back on their feet. The infamous Purple Shirts have big plans to renovate St Silas’s Parish Room, which is being leased to Nightsafe by St Silas Church, and turn it into a space that will benefit Blackburn’s young homeless.

DIY SOS Assistant Producer, Heather Lafferty said: “At this early stage we rely on the kindness of local tradespeople to come forward and offer their help. Once the build starts, we work hard to get the work done but it’s incredibly fun. We work back to back over the nine days, morning till evening and right through weekends, but everyone on site is thoroughly looked after by the team and the locals.”

Building works will commence on 3 September – 11 September. Those interested in lending a helping hand are invited to contact the team on the email address below and secure a slot on trades day, 13 August, to speak with the build manager about the project. The DIY SOS team will then contact volunteers directly to confirm their part in the project.

Nick Knowles

Nick Knowles, Presenter of BBC One’s DIY SOS, said: “The team and I are delighted to join forces with the community of Blackburn with Darwen for this special build for local charity Nightsafe, who are at the forefront of helping young homeless. Our ambitious and innovative build will see us with local volunteers transform an old church hall, into a much-needed emergency accommodation centre for young homeless.”

Speaking of the announcement, Julie Thomas, Chair of Trustees at Nightsafe said: “We are amazed and delighted that DIY SOS: The Big Build for BBC Children in Need are coming to Blackburn with Darwen and even more thrilled that they chose to work with Nightsafe. The upcoming show will give the young people a place to call home whilst they develop independent living skills; and a home that is safe and secure and in the heart of the local community.  Somewhere more than just a place to thrive, a place to build new friendships, confidence and have fun as they meet life’s challenges.”

The show will air this November during BBC Children in Need Appeal week.

Willing volunteers can email their contact details to and keep up to date on the build via the DIY SOS Twitter page.




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