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DIY SOS appeal to ‘find people to help’ with overwhelmingly popular homes for veterans transformation
07:30, 25 JULY 2015 BY ALEXANDRA RUCKI
The hit series is building a new community for army veterans in Newton Heath – and they need to find people to live in them!
Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team
Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team are searching for army veterans in need of homes to live in a new community being built in North Manchester.
The BBC makeover team is transforming an entire street in Newton Heath into a community for ex-servicemen and women to live in.
Producers are asking for the public to get in touch if they know any veterans who would be interested in taking part in the show, particularly those in need of specially-adapted housing.
Since the M.E.N first revealed the news of DIY SOS’s biggest-ever challenge, the BBC were swamped with offers of help from caring Mancunians and from contractors and businesses from miles away.
They have now received more than 150 offers of help from businesses, charities and members of the public.
The ambitious project will bring empty houses on two streets in Newton Heath back into use for former ex-servicemen and women and their families to live in.
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Presenter Nick Knowles said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from the public of Greater Manchester and the wider region.
“Our phones have been ringing off the hook with offers of help, which is absolutely fantastic.
“But now we want help to find people who will benefit from the amazing project. There’s going to be 22 homes for military veterans and we want to find people who would love to live in them.
“So if you know of a military family who need some support or a veteran who needs a roof over their head, please get in touch.”
It is the largest scheme the programme, which recruits friends, family and local tradesmen to help transform homes, has ever taken on.
DIY SOS team in Newton Heath
The first phase will landscape the streets to provide disabled access, parking and give a facelift to all 62 properties on the streets.
Three larger homes will be created to house veterans and their families, as well as one standard size property and a walk-in support centre.
And 17 empty homes will be refurbished by charity Haig Housing, with the aim to create a veteran’s housing community.
Charity Walking With The Wounded is providing therapy and counselling at the advice centre, with training and employment opportunities also on offer.
Manchester council, Haig Housing, Adactus Housing and a number of contractors are also helping out.
Work on the street is due to begin in autumn and the programme will be shown on BBC One at a later date.
If you’re an ex-Serviceman or woman, in need of a new home suited to your physical or psychological challenges, DIY SOS wants to hear from you.
Email email@example.com or call 01179 742173. Leave your name and number and the team.