Working to Reduce Homelessness in Slough
Osborne is the property, maintenance and investment partner to Slough Borough Council, and is committed to working in the community to help the people of Slough and leave a legacy of support. The team have been working with the Slough Homeless Our Concern (SHOC) recently to help those who are currently homeless in the borough.
SHOC is a day centre that provides care for the homeless in Slough and those that are at risk of becoming so. The charity has been running since 1997 and has helped over a thousand people. In this year alone, there have been 110 service users on the register and 1143 meals provided.
The charity also creates opportunities for homeless people to get stable homes, learn new skills and find employment.
Over the last few months, we have been helping the centre at a number of events. We supported both World Mental Health and World Homeless Day by spending the day at the SHOC Centre, alongside other partners Thrive 365, Mapis and ADL Connexions.
We delivered an employability workshop to their clients, which included developing their skill set, building confidence and sign posting to local pathways and support. We also supported in the kitchen to provided breakfast and lunch for all visitors to the centre.
Towards Christmas, we returned to the centre to help out and deliver breakfast and lunch service for the homeless. The team helped to serve breakfast to visitors of the centre and then began preparing for lunch. We also supplied cutlery trays and organisation boxes and helped to clean and organise the kitchen.
Robert Layman, Day Centre Manager said: “Thank you to those at Osborne who volunteered and supported our charity and for connecting with our service users. It was a great day and you brought hope to all!”