DIY SOS success! Volunteers build mental health hub

A team of handy volunteers have transformed an old Lincoln classroom block into a mental health hub for the whole community.

Sir Robert Pattinson Academy (SRPA) sent out a DIY SOS with The Lincolnite at the start of the school year.

They planned to open up an old classroom block to help people struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD and other problems.

Lots of tradespeople got behind the callout and donated thousands of pounds in labour and materials to get the hub built.

Six figure funding has already been secured from the Bromhead Medical Charity to see the pilot scheme completed over three years.

What a transformation!

The school is going to use all of that funding to go solely towards employing and training counsellors.

Gregory Kirk, a Year 9 teacher and creator of the Robert Pattinson Hub, told The Lincolnite: “It’s been a crazy week. You get to see for yourself the transformation.

“It was a damp, cold classroom with two storerooms at the back. They are now fully functional counselling rooms.

“We’ve had plumbers, electricians, painters, decorators. The community’s response has been phenomenal.”

Anyone who would like to help with the project should get in touch with Gregory Kirk on 01522 882020 or on [email protected]