Appeal for Help as DIY SOS Heads to Nottingham for Children in Need

DIY SOS IS HEADING to Nottingham for this year’s Children in Need special and is looking for roofers and other tradespeople to volunteer their time and skills.

The show, fronted by Nick Knowles will be renovating a youth centre in the East Midlands city for use as a Community Recording Studio (CRS).

The CRS started in 1991 and was founded by a group of local people to teach film, video and music skills to children and young people in the area who are facing challenges in their lives.

The CRS has occupied a few rooms in the existing Russell Youth Centre for the last 28 years, but the increased demand for their outreach means that they need more space and the centre is in need of a major renovation.

Nick Knowles, presenter of BBC One’s DIY SOS said, “The team and I are delighted to be heading to Nottingham for this Big Build special.

“It’s going to be a huge challenge for us, as it’s a really ambitious build, but I know that with the help of the community in Nottingham and beyond we’ll be able to transform this rundown centre into a space that will change young people’s lives. Please get involved if you can.”

Getting involved

Those interested in volunteering as a professional trade or donating product to the charitable build can email:

Preparatory work for the build will begin over summer, with the two week build commencing and completing in early September 2020.

The episode will broadcast in November 2020 as part of BBC Children in Need’s 40th celebrations.

Trevor Rose, Chief Executive and founder of the CRS said, “We’re over the moon to hear that DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC Children in Need Special are coming to Nottingham to renovate our youth centre. Young people from across the community have been coming to the CRS for the last 28 years.

“We provide a safe haven for many of the young people in our area, some of those are facing issues such as gang violence, knife crime and exclusion from school, and we work with them and support them to help change their attitudes and improve their outlook for the future. With this help from DIY SOS we’ll be able to increase this support further and continue making a positive difference to young lives in the area.”

Those interested in volunteering as a professional trade or donating product to the charitable build can email:


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