Three students and a lecturer from Swindon College recently volunteered to help on the BBC’s DIY SOS show, which was working on a community project in Cirencester.
Following an appeal on local radio, the college was contacted to see if they could supply any willing volunteers to help transform a home for a local family who had been through some difficult times.
Angela Woolford, a Learning Support Technician at the college, responded quickly and managed to pull together a team consisting of herself and two students, who are both studying Painting and Decorating Diploma Level 1. Arriving on site at 8am, they learnt more about why this family was so deserving of their help. As Angela says: ‘The family circumstances were hard to hear, they had been through some tough times including one of the daughters suffering from depression.’
The team of three worked alongside Debbie Ward, a former Swindon College student who now runs her own business, to paint the living room and both of the children’s bedrooms.
Amey Goodchild, one of the students who participated, said: ‘I was very excited to be asked to take part. I thought I’d be nervous around the camera crew but I almost forgot they were there whilst we were working.’
Shakina Clements, the other student volunteer, added: ‘It was an awesome experience. Hearing the story of what happened to the family was quite moving and made helping them that little bit more special.’
The DIY SOS episode will air later in the year on the BBC.