East Durham College barbering students with Haircuts4Homeless team members,  Stewart Roberts and Lee Dixon, at the first Durham event.

Barbering Students Lend Time To Help Homeless Charity

Fri, 2016-06-24 10:16

A team of kind-hearted students from East Durham College have spent a morning in Durham lending their expertise and skills to homeless people in the local area.

The event was organised by community group Haircuts4Homeless, who organise these mornings all across the country, with this being the first in the north east.

Working alongside the Durham Salvation Army and East Durham College, Haircuts4Homeless are now set to run these events monthly in Durham City.

Haircuts4Homeless is a community group set up by veteran hairdresser Stewart Roberts. Stewart set up an organised event to encourage skilled hairdressers to give up their time free of charge to provide haircuts to homeless people.

East Durham College barbering lecturer, Alison Scattergood, has been made the Help4Homeless Durham team leader and she is delighted to have the opportunity to work on the project with students and help use her skills to give back something to the community.

Alison said: “It’s a great honour to be given this role by the Haircuts4Homeless team.

“This is a great movement and I fully support the work that they do around the UK and Ireland.

“It’s great to have this opportunity to help offer this event in Durham each month to help give a self-esteem boost to people in need.”

Haircuts4Homeless, founder and CEO, Stewart Roberts added: “Homeless people have many challenges to face, one of them often being a low self-esteem.

“A haircut can have a great effect on someone, giving them a real boost.

“It’s often way down on the list of a homeless person’s priorities so the service proves to be very popular.

“One of people’s basic rights is for them to feel good about themselves and this service can give that to people.”

For more information on Haircuts4Homeless please visit www.haircuts4homeless.com.