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Together Housing Group technicians join ambitious build to help vulnerable young homeless people

Together Housing Group technicians join ambitious build to help vulnerable young homeless people

Workers from Together Housing Group have helped the BBC One’s DIY SOS team transform a rundown church hall in Blackburn to house vulnerable young people, in aid of BBC Children in Need.

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Throughout the transformation, over 20 different Repairs and Maintenance
Technicians from Together Housing joined Nick Knowles and the team of Purple Shirts to help convert St Silas Parish Rooms, which is used by local charity Nightsafe to accommodate homeless young people under the age of 18. The renovation has provided the charity with new supported housing accommodation for up to six homeless young people for between three months to two years.

Painters, joiners, plasterers, builders and general labourers from Together Housing donated over 240 hours, including evenings and weekends.

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Liz O’Connor, Head of Repairs and Maintenance at Together Housing, said: “As a provider of supported housing for vulnerable people at our Hollin Street and James Street projects in Blackburn, homelessness is a subject close to our hearts. So when we heard the BBC’s plea for tradespeople to help out, we had no shortage of volunteers.

“It was a tough challenge as we had a tight timescale to complete the transformation but there was a real sense of camaraderie with everybody pulling together to make it happen.”

Jan Larkin, CEO of Nightsafe, said: “We are so grateful to all of the labourers who gave up their time to renovate the church hall.

“The centre was no longer big enough to cater forthe growing demand but the renovation has provided more much needed emergency accommodation to support vulnerable young people in the area and help to get them back on their feet.

“The revamped centre 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.”

Repairs Team Coordinator Sarah Hall added “It was quite emotional being there for the big reveal and meeting some of the people who the renovation will help.”

DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC Children in Need Special will air on BBC One ahead of the BBC Children in Need Appeal in November.

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