Lottery-funded organisation, Haircuts4Homeless (H4H), is now involved with The Wallich, offering free haircare for its service users.
During Haircuts4Homeless‘s first visit to Wales, 10 people at The Wallich’s Cardiff Rough Sleeper Solutions Service drop-in signed themselves up for a haircare session.
Service users were offered free haircuts, beard trimming and styling and were treated to other hair products and treatments.
Haircuts4Homeless UK was set up by hairdresser, Stewart Roberts, from Essex. He encourages skilled hairdressers to give up their time and set up a pop-up hair salon for those experiencing homelessness.
Low self-esteem is common in rough sleepers and a free haircut has the potential to give them a confidence boost.
One well-groomed service user said:
“I feel really smart! I usually have to do my hair myself in the toilets at the library or wherever I can find – so this is a nice change to have it done for me. They’ve trimmed my beard too – I look alright!”
Thanks to the buzz of the Cardiff launch, haircuts will now be offered at The Wallich’s Solution Service once a month.
Further dates have been secured at other The Wallich projects in Swansea and dates in Bridgend and Newport will hopefully follow.
Nia Lloyd-Jones, who owns Bliss Hair & Beauty in Magor and Headspace 02 Ltd in Bridgend, has been instrumental in bringing H4H to Wales. She was inspired to give back to the community when searching for her nephew two years ago on the streets of Swansea.
Having witnessing first-hand the conditions that homeless people are exposed to, she approached Haircuts 4 Homeless to launch the Welsh arm of the charity.
“I want to encourage any hairdressers who would like to get involved, donate a couple of hours of your time and get in touch.
“It’s such a rewarding feeling, making a difference to someone’s day.”
The Wallich explores the short and long-term impacts of homelessness and the new partnership with H4H is a welcome inclusion to our broad Solution Service drop in.
In addition to H4H’s monthly haircare offer, the Solution Service also provides financial, housing and wellbeing advice. It is located at our Cardiff Nightshelter which, by night, provides temporary accommodation and provisions for rough sleepers.
Staff at The Wallich are delighted with the new service, Will E. who works at the Cardiff Nightshelter said:
“Thanks so much to Haircuts4Homeless for making our service users look a cut above the rest.”
Chantall, another member of staff, said:
“Superb afternoon spent with Haircuts4Homeless, cutting and styling our service users’ hair. Great customer service and even better haircuts. We’re looking forward to the next session.”
The Cardiff Rough Sleeper Solutions Service takes place at the Cardiff Nightshelter, offering relevant support for those at risk of homelessness. From advice on budgeting and benefits, substance misuse management and access to learning and employment, drop ins take place between 10am – 4pm, Monday to Friday.
Cardiff Nightshelter provides emergency accommodation between 8pm – 9am for rough sleepers in Cardiff. Residents can take a hot shower and enjoy a cooked meal. As well as warmth, safety and food, residents also have access to a support worker and resettlement advice.