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SafeGroup dives in to give youth charity a cleaning and safety boost

Mike Drake Managing Director SafeGroup


Mike Drake

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Floor cleaning and treatment specialist SafeGroup has helped an activity centre that supports disadvantaged young people from London and surrounding areas refurbish and improve its leisure centre.

It has carried out free-of-charge and highly discounted work to clean floors and tiled areas in the changing rooms and around the swimming pool at Woodrow High House in Buckinghamshire.

SafeGroup specialist teams also cleaned floors in the upper and lower foyers in the sports the leisure centre, as well as stairs and viewing areas.

Woodrow High House is part of the London Youth charity which aims to improve the lives of young people in London, challenging them to become the best they can through arts, outdoor education, employment support and sports programmes.

The swimming pool at Woodrow High House, near Amersham, is used by thousands of young people every year, and is made available to adult swimmers through swimming sessions led by the local community group users.

London Youth implemented a plan to refurbish and improve the facility and was delighted to accept SafeGroup’s offer to use its expertise to deep cleaning tiled areas, and apply an anti-slip coating to enhance user safety.

Woodrow High House part of London Youth charity which improving lives of young people in London


Evie Edwards, Marketing Manager for Woodrow High House and Leisure Centre, said: “We’re very grateful for SafeGroup’s support. The deep cleaning its teams have carried out contributed hugely to the successful reopening of the Leisure Centre in September.

“It was paramount that we provided customers with a high-quality, safe and clean environment to regain their trust when they returned and SafeGroup has helped us achieve that.

“We’ve struggled financially during the COVID-19 pandemic because revenue from the Leisure Centre helps us continue our charitable mission as part of London Youth. The generosity of our local community and benefactors like SafeGroup is helping us get back up and running again during these difficult times for everyone.”

SafeGroup Managing Director Mike Drake said: “We were very pleased to support such a worthwhile charity, doing such good work for thousands of young people and their families every year.

“The specialist cleaning products and application techniques our operatives used transformed the changing areas and poolside walkways, including walls, showers, basins and toilets.

“The process restored the colour and brightness of all surfaces and fittings as well as the designed-in hygiene and non-slip performance of floors.

“On top of that, we also applied a specialist long-lasting anti-slip coating to all floors. This is proven to greatly reduce the risk of slips and trips which represent the number one risk of injury in swimming pool environments.

“SafeGroup has a strong track record in using its expertise to support communities and causes beyond the scope required by our clients. Our whole team gets a buzz from knowing we’ve helped improve the lives of people in need.”

London Youth Charity

SafeGroup is the UK mainland authorised contractor for the application of Bonasystems specialist floor cleaning and anti-slip treatment products, which have been proven to reduce slips and falls in leisure centres, toilet and shower blocks, offices and public spaces, such as railway stations.

It also provides a wide range of other specialist soft FM and waste management services, including COVID-19 disinfection and testing, flood and sewage spill recovery plus unscheduled and hazardous waste collection.

London Youth has owned Woodrow High House since 1945. HRH Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh became patron of the charity in 1947. This year, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, has taken over the role.

In a typical year, more than 8,000 children and young people benefit from Woodrow High House’s facilities, including swimming, sports, outdoor activities, residential trips, and holiday activity camps in its 26-acre grounds.

A further 1,100 adult users from the local community have missed out on regular community group swims, fitness classes and football sessions during the COVID-19 pandemic. A customer survey revealed this has adversely affected many people’s physical and mental health.

Mike Drake Managing Director SafeGroup
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Mike Drake

Mike has overall operational responsibility for all services delivered by SafeGroup. He has extensive experience, spanning four decades working at senior management and director level in national and global businesses, including OCS Group, Shell, Procter & Gamble and Textron. Mike has a business studies degree and further qualifications in marketing and accountancy. He gives us a wealth of expertise in facilities management, business leadership and strategic growth, as well as an entrepreneurial spirit that feeds SafeGroup’s energy and agility. Outside work, Mike is an avid sports fan and supports Sheffield Wednesday FC.

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