We are delighted to be supporting the BBC DIY SOS team with their amazing Children in Need project this year, by donating a number of beds to help with the rebuild of a support centre for volunteer-led charity The Roots Foundation Wales.
Based in Swansea, The Roots Foundation Wales was set up by an inspiring individual Emma Lewis, who with the crucial support of an amazing team gives the desperately needed help and support to young people in care, children in need and young adults who have left the care system and are trying to live independently.
Established nearly seven years ago, The Roots Foundation Wales has spent the last two years in a dilapidated wooden hut, with the lack of space and facilities making it truly difficult to provide the workshops, one-on-one support and group therapy sessions to those who really need it.
From Wednesday 6th to Sunday 17th September 2017 – in just eleven days – the DIY SOS team along with generous support of volunteer tradespeople, suppliers and the local community in Swansea successfully built from the ground-up, a new purpose-built support centre covering a huge 320 square metres.
Constructed specifically for the charity’s needs, The Roots Foundation Wales’ new home includes a large youth club space, therapy and workshop rooms and a kitchen for cooking classes. There is also office space for Emma and her team, plus several independent flats for young people transitioning from the care system into adult life.
This incredible rebuild will make a real difference to The Roots Foundation Wales and the young people it supports and enable the charity to go on to help so many more children and young people in care for many years to come.
The episode will air on BBC One on Wednesday 15th November, at 8pm during the BBC Children in Need Appeal week.