Youth Engagement Slough Shop Redecoration

Osborne was pleased to help support a Slough children and young people’s charity with a five-day decorating challenge to enhance an activity space which was completed ahead of time. This was due to the collaboration and efforts of people and organisations, joining together for one positive purpose and to help make a difference.

Osborne recruited office apprentices who went from computer mouse to paintbrush and roller, adding new work experiences and upskilling opportunities, with our trade operatives utilising their Community Day to lend a hand.

Youth Engagement Slough (YES) is a community project that delivers youth support services to those in need. YES currently has a consortium of 25 local organisations that join together and assist young people in need of the service locally. This inclusive project helps young people aged between 11-19 as well as those with learning difficulties up the age of 25. Examples of the services offered include employability support, the Young Carers Club, emotional and life challenges support.

Osborne was approached by YES with the brief to create a fun, fresh and clean environment for its members without causing impact to its calendar of events. The tired and well used 100sq metre shop located in Queensmere Shopping Centre, required a team of willing, enthusiastic, and dedicated people to see it over the finish line, and the Osborne team were pleased to be able to play a big part in this. To complete this initiative, we required a team of willing, enthusiastic, and dedicated Osborne people, 37 litres of paint, kindly donated by Dulux Trade Slough, plus decorating equipment donated by Travis Perkins.

Starting out as a service user at YES, Callum, now an apprentice with YES, knows first-hand the value it places on bringing young people together for a richer and inclusive future. Leading us through the project to form part of his apprenticeship, Callum briefed us in on the design and colour inspirations to help take the YES centre into its next chapter.

Our supply chain partners Travis Perkins and Dulux Trade were both very generous in providing materials to support the worthy project. Some of the YES team also helped, eager to see the new finished look.

In the five day project we:

  • Used of 37 Litres of paint
  • Painted 100 sq metre of wall
  • Donated 130 number of staff hours

A spokesman for Slough Borough Council said: “This is a good example of Osborne assisting in the community as part of the contract between the council and our property partners.‘We hope many more young people will benefit from YES which now looks brighter.”

Jo Fletcher, Head of Engagement commented “We love it when a plan comes together. The generosity of our people and supply chain helped in making this happen. It’s good to know that many young people of Slough will benefit from the remarkable transformation.”