Students Donate Art to Nightsafe DIY SOS


Our Duke of Edinburgh students volunteered to help Children in Need and DIY SOS: The Big Build at St Silas’ Church in Blackburn.

St Silas are leasing their Parish Rooms to Nightsafe, a local charity who work to alleviate the plight of young people aged 16 to 24, who are homeless or vulnerably housed. Teams from DIY SOS, BBC Children in Need, and local volunteers transformed the interior of the building into short-term accommodation for vulnerable 16-18 year old.

Blackburn Central High School have supported Nightsafe for a number of years, so students were eager to get involved. Unfortunately, being under 18 years of age meant our students couldn’t work on the site itself, but never ones to take “no” for an answer, they took it upon themselves to create a unique piece of artwork to be displayed in the building.

Jordan, Maria, Kyle and Owen, along with Mr Donaldson, Miss Leake, and Mrs Sange presented the amazing piece of artwork to Rev Sheelagh Aston, plus Nick Knowles, Gabrielle Blackman, and Mark Millar of DIY SOS.

Nick Knowles, presenter of BBC One’s DIY SOS, said: “The team and I are delighted to join forces with the community of Blackburn for this special build for local charity Nightsafe, who are at the forefront of helping young homeless.”

Rev Sheelagh Aston, Priest in Charge at St Silas commented that “St Silas’ Parish Rooms were built in the late 19th century to nurture the young people of the community. So we are delighted Nightsafe’s innovative project is continuing the legacy of the Parish Rooms and we look forward to supporting them as they work to create a safe environment for the young people of this century.”

The Big Build will be revealed during the BBC Children in Need Special airing November 2019.

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