Swansea Staff Volunteer on DIY SOS Children in Need Big Build Project

Rhian Williams
On 6th September, the BBC’s DIY SOS descended upon Swansea to officially start the Children In Need Big Build project, which has been one of their most challenging to date.

Staff at Faithful+Gould’s Swansea office volunteered throughout the build, which has resulted in a brand-new purpose built facility for local charity, The Root Foundation Wales. The charity is volunteer led and aims to support young people in care, care leavers, children in need and adults who have left care with the transition period of independent living. 

The project which has been one of the programmes biggest builds, has transformed the charity’s existing dilapidated building into a new support centre which also includes living accommodation. After 11 days of hard work the project finished last Sunday to rapturous applause and plenty of tears.

Emma Lewis, Chairperson at The Roots Foundation Wales commented “It was so very bitter-sweet watching the demolition of our old property, The Hut, but we are just so very excited about what’s to come. The prospect of having a purpose-built facility which will not only allow us to conduct our vital support to children and young people in care and leaving care but also have transitional housing attached is just beyond our wildest dreams.”    

Faithful+Gould recognises that employees may wish to dedicate some of their time to supporting charitable organisations in addition to the responsibilities they have to the company, and as such staff can undertake up to two ‘Volunteer Days’ per year. This enabled some of the Swansea staff to get involved in this exciting charitable project.

Senior Project Manager Jamie Lannen said “When I first saw that BBC DIY SOS was coming to Swansea and looking for volunteers to get involved, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to find out how we could assist. Volunteering on the big build has been a fantastic experience and so much fun. The team spirit and morale on site was amazing and it goes to show what can be achieved when like-minded people come together.

We have felt privileged to be part of such a worthwhile local project and have been delighted to support the charity. The dedication from all the volunteers has been inspirational and emotions were certainly running high throughout but especially on the day of the big reveal.”

The programme will be aired in November during BBC Children in Need Appeal week.

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