Salon volunteers required to help the homeless this Christmas
National homelessness charity, Crisis, is calling on hairdressers, barbers, stylists and salon assistants across the country to volunteer their services at their Christmas centres over the festive period.
In addition to Crisis' year-round services, which help people to take their first steps out of homelessness, the Christmas centres provide thousands with food, warmth, healthcare and specialist services throughout the holiday season.
With the collective efforts of a team of volunteers washing, cutting and blow-drying hair, guests are provided a service that many of them do not normally have access to, helping to boost their confidence and self-esteem in the process. Not all voluntary salon roles will require professional qualifications, either – simply boundless enthusiasm and a desire to help guests enjoy their Christmas.
“I've volunteered in the Salon team for the last four years now, and having grown up working in my mum's beauty salon, I know how much of a difference these treatments can make,” says Jessica Veal, marketing consultant and volunteer. “The salon service is all about hands-on contact and making guests feel comfortable. At first, guests can be really shy, but as we start working on their nails, you can see them start to brighten up – it really is the most rewarding week of my year.”
Crisis' Christmas centres will run from 22nd to 29th December across London, Birmingham, Coventry, Newcastle and Edinburgh.