BBC seeks Blackburn tradespeople for Children in Need project

The BBC is seeking tradespeople who can volunteer their time for a DIY SOS project which will take place in Blackburn and air as part of Children in Need.

DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC Children in Need Special will see Nick Knowles and his team, with interior designer Gabrielle Blackman, complete the conversion of St Silas - a rundown church hall now used by Nightsafe to house homeless people.

The Blackburn charity provides support to young people aged 16 to 24 who are homeless or vulnerably housed, but St Silas, originally built in the 1800s, is in great need of repair. 

The DIY SOS team, along with the support of hundreds of volunteers and tradespeople, will have nine days to transform the interior of the building into a purpose-built support centre and short-term accommodation for vulnerable young people in the community who are homeless, which will be specifically for those aged 16 to 18.

We won’t be able to do this project without the help of local tradespeople.

The BBC is appealing for tradespeople, including plumbers, carpenters, plasterers and decorators, to offer support with the transformation in September. The build will be happening between Tuesday 3rd September and Thursday 12th September. The show will air this November during BBC Children in Need Appeal week.

Mark Millar, build manager for DIY SOS, said: “We won’t be able to do this project without the help of local tradespeople. If you are in the building trade, we need you!

"We need plasterers, we need carpenters, we need builders, and we need joiners and decorators. If you can spare a day or two, or the whole week, please get in touch with our team.”