LENDING A HELPING HAND TO DIY SOS PROJECT
In 2019 we lent our support to Blackburn-based charity Nightsafe, by donating sundries to a refurb project organised by the BBC’s DIY SOS programme.
The refurb project saw presenter Nick Knowles and his team take over the old St Silas Church in Blackburn and transform it into an accommodation block as part of a special episode of DIY SOS that was broadcast during the BBC’s flagship fundraising show, Children in Need. Hundreds of volunteers took part in the refurbishment, which included installing a special living area, common room, kitchen, and bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.
Nightsafe, a Blackburn-based charity, provides holistic services to homeless and vulnerable young people aged 16-24 years. It offers emergency accommodation and supported housing, and operates a day centre where young people can drop in to relax, take a shower, do laundry, or speak to a counsellor or advisor one-to-one.
Our donation of dozens of paintbrushes, rollers, trays and buckets meant that the decorating works could be finished to a very high standard. This was the second time that we had supported the charity through a major refurbishment last year, after Crown Paints volunteers also helped to repaint Nightsafe’s day centre, Platform 5, earlier this year, using paint we donated.
We take our responsibilities to our local community very seriously, and we’re proud to have once again been able to play our part in improving the lives of young people in Blackburn.