In the wake of last year’s terrible Grenfell Tower fire, Londoners pulled together to provide survivors with everything from foodstuffs to therapy sessions. Now volunteers are needed again, this time to help build a new community event space – including a permanent home for the Dale Youth Amateur Boxing Club.
The 60-year-old boxing club has resorted to training in a car park after its home on the first floor of the tower was destroyed in the blaze. The new development, overseen by the BBC’s ‘DIY SOS’ team and nestled under the A40 Westway on St Marks Road, will include a purpose-built training gym and ring as well as meeting spaces, a community kitchen and gardens.
Work began on the site earlier this week, with the aim of finishing at least part of the new centre within a year. But it needs help from volunteers as well as building companies and suppliers. From time and money to construction materials to furniture, everything that goes into the project will be donated. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved, and find out more here.