On Monday 10 December our clients were treated to a salon experience when Haircuts4homeless visited St George’s Crypt to cut hair ahead of the Christmas festivities. Tea and biscuits were on offer while they waited. The hairdressers were kept busy by a steady stream of clients throughout the afternoon.
Every 6 weeks St George’s Crypt benefit from Haircuts4Homeless, a community of skilled hairdressers who give just a few hours of their time each month to give haircuts to homeless people.
Rose Hindley, has been part of this voluntary community for over a year now, says:
“It’s about giving back to society, to show a bit of kindness and caring. Most importantly, It is nice to make clients feel better about themselves.”
The common aim among hairdressers and the Crypt staff is to create a comfortable environment, have a chat and to make clients feel pampered and to share the salon environment that some of our clients have never experienced before.
A team member from Haircuts4homeless remembers a client who was going to meet his estranged sister for the first time after a long time after being homeless on the streets. She remembers how a simple haircut made him feel good about himself and confident to meet family again.
At St George’s Crypt, we aim to engage with local communities by identifying opportunities to share the Crypt’s resource in order to help our people gain confidence so that they can take an active role in their futures.
Although some services like haircuts may be offered to us for free, we as a charity still have to pay for gas, electricity and our engagement team who have built a level of trust with our service users. Without these relationships our clients wouldn’t engage. We rely on the generosity of our supporters to be able to keep offering these services to the most vulnerable in Leeds.