Posted: January 19, 2015

The recent launch of OsKar’s new look showroom proved a resounding success as they welcomed over 100 visitors on the first day. Members of the public were joined by community groups and local businesses, all keen to see the revamp and check-out the latest bargains.

OsKar’s is part of the KibbleWorks group of social enterprises; providing opportunities for young people facing barriers to employment by increasing their skillset and ultimately job prospects. Collecting and refurbishing unwanted furniture, OsKar’s then sell the goods in their showroom for a fraction of the original cost. Safety is paramount and all white goods are PAT tested by trained team members. They also provide a range of property maintenance services for individuals and organisations and regularly undertake house clearances, painting and decorating, and gardening.

Alison Organ, project officer for the re-use, repair and recycling charity, Community Resources Network Scotland said: “It’s the first time I have been to OsKar’s to see the recycling and up-cycling of goods that’s going on here. It’s brilliant as there’s a great variety and quality of goods here.

“It feeds into everything we are trying to achieve by creating a circular economy and OsKar’s also gives young people the chance of jobs and employment training.”

OsKar’s manager, Karen Gilligan said: “It’s very heartening for our staff to see such a great interest being taken in what we are achieving here.”

If you’d like to find out what’s causing such a stir, it’s time to take a trip to OsKar’s. Based at 55 Clark Street, Paisley, they’re open weekdays 9am – 4.30pm. Alternatively, for more information log on to www.oskars.org.uk or contact Karen Gilligan on 0141 847 6626.

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