DIY SOS Volunteer Call for Leeds Big Build BBC Children in Need Special 2022 with Radio 2

Nick and Zoe for Children in Need

IN SEPTEMBER, DIY SOS will be partnering with Radio 2 to deliver this year’s BBC Children in Need Big Build.

In one of their biggest challenges yet, DIY SOS will build a brand-new home for Leeds based BBC Children in Need funded project, Getaway Girls.

This unique and special build, was announced on Monday 25 July, by Nick Knowles, live on Zoe Ball’s BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show.

Radio 2 is helping deliver this outreach project to build a lasting legacy in Leeds as part of Radio 2 Live – which is taking place at Temple Newsam Park in Leeds on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September, featuring performances from a star-studded line-up of artists.

DIY SOS Children in Need 2022

DIY SOS Children in Need 2022 will see Nick Knowles, and his team of Chris, Jules, Billy & designer Gabrielle Blackman joined by BBC Radio 2 presenters. They’ll be joined by an army of volunteers to create the charity’s new building – from the ground up – in just nine days.

Getaway Girls New Building

The new building will be sited in Seacroft and will provide a much-needed safe space for vulnerable girls and young women living in Leeds. They’ll be able to access support and advice. The new building will include offices, a creche, activity spaces, a music and media studio, counselling rooms and a garden.

Getaway Girls is a 35-year-old charity which supports a diverse range of women and girls from across the city, with a focus on raising aspirations, providing support and creating opportunities to help them reach their potential and build a better future.

Getaway Girls also works with those facing a variety of different challenges and barriers in their lives: from newly arrived refugees, to girls who have experienced domestic violence, exploitation or sexual abuse. The charity delivers crucial support to around 800 girls and young women, while also providing access to activities such as residential weekends, music sessions and sport. It strives to improve mental health and helps girls to develop confidence and improve self-esteem, raising their aspirations for the future. BBC Children in Need has funded Getaway Girls since 2010.

Huge Build Ahead

Nick Knowles, Presenter of BBC One’s DIY SOS said: “We have another huge build ahead of us in Leeds, which will make a real difference to the lives of girls and young women who are supported by Getaway Girls.

“If you have a trade, a skill, can spare some time to graft or can help us with materials then get in touch. It’ll be a blast.”

Across Leeds, BBC Children in Need currently funds 28 projects to the value of £2million supporting children and young people.

Flavia Docherty, Director of Getaway Girls said: “We are so grateful to the whole DIY SOS team, Radio 2 and their presenters and, of course, BBC Children in Need for supporting us for 12 years – without their funding we wouldn’t have been able to continue our work for this long and have the impact that we have done for girls and young women in Leeds over the years. We can’t wait to see the new space and we’re really looking forward to being able to grow even further and welcome more girls from across Leeds to Getaway Girls!”

Volunteering with DIY SOS

DIY SOS charitable builds are hugely ambitious and rely on the generosity of trade volunteers and company donations and so is appealing for tradespeople including; electricians, plumbers, carpenters, plasterers and decorators to offer support with the transformation in September.

There will be a Trades Day held in Leeds on Tuesday 16 August 2022.

Those interested in volunteering as a professional trade or donating product to this charitable build must email: before Trades Day to arrange an appointment to meet with the team.

The build will commence from Tuesday 13 – Thursday 22 September 2022.

The episode will be broadcast on 1 November 2022 as part of BBC Children in Need.


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