Gav and Waz, stars of reality home makeover show The Block, joined 50 volunteers in making over the new home of two community organisations.

The Bedford St, Newtown, property will house Twenty10 Gay and Lesbian Youth Support and the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service.

Since The Block hundreds of charities have asked us to help them, but as soon as we saw the letter from Twenty10 we jumped at the opportunity to help out, Waz said.

Their assistance included painting, decorating, sanding and renovation tips, as well as underwear signing for some of the other volunteers.

The time and effort put in by everyone has saved our organisations literally thousands of dollars, Twenty10 executive officer Sally Abrahams said.

It was great to see such a strong team of dedicated volunteers offering their time and skills to support our work.

The Aurora Foundation also pitched in to the organisations, presenting Twenty10 and the Counselling Service cheques for $8,000 each -“ funds raised at June’s annual Aurora dinner.

Volunteers are still needed to put the finishing touches on the building. Contact project coordinator Tim Young on 0405 014 975 for information.

Twenty10 works with marginalised young gay men and lesbians and their families. The organisation provides counselling and support aiming to prevent homelessness and restore relationships. Twenty10 also provides safe housing for homeless and at-risk gay and lesbian youth.

The Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service has provided information and telephone counselling for more than 30 years.

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