Help the homeless

Being homeless any time is awful but can be even worse at Christmas when many of the support agencies that offer help and advice are closed. Hurrah for the saints running Crisis at Christmas – the charity opens shelters in many major cities around the UK from December 24th to New Year. Not only are these a safe-haven both day and night but Crisis focusses on ending homeless, so a valuable part of their work is providing access to financial and practical advise, to health practitioners like doctors and dentists, and to hairdressers!

Hairdressing with Crisis

Crisis at Christmas supporting the homelessWe are touched to hear that so many of you volunteer to work in the many pop-up salons opened by the Crisis charity – providing much appreciated haircutting and styling services to the guests. BRILLIANT! We’re told by one of the project organisers in London that offers of help during December came flooding in, following an appeal by Tribu-te Magazine, meaning that nearly 200 more hours of hairdressing services are added to the Crisis services.

AND just as happily, the manufacturers are behind the charity also. Our friends at ghd Professional, Kent Brushes and CND Nails have provided equipment including hair tools, combs and brushes, and nail care items to keep the Crisis salons well-stocked.

Wherever you’re based, if you want to support Crisis with a donation to bring someone into the warm for Christmas, then click HERE
Less than £30 will make a life of difference to someone in need.

Haircuts4Homeless

And going forward, how about volunteering your time throughout the year by supporting an absolutely fantastic initiative from Stewart Roberts who runs Haircuts4Homeless. In the past couple of years, Stewart has run a scheme to open ‘pop-up’ salons in locations around the UK offering free haircutting services to anyone struggling with homelessness. Working with Haircuts4Homeless means you can give your time knowing you’ll be working as part of a group, safely and supportively. To find out more, click HERE to donate: and to find out more about the work and maybe volunteer, click HERE

Wherever you are this year, remember that many of the homeless are hidden from view, sleeping rough or sofa surfing while holding down a job of sorts. Often they are ashamed or embarrassed to explain their circumstances. Ask yourself where your team, your friends and your family are living? Do you know they are safe and have a stable home to go to? We are all potentially vulnerable, so extend a hand to help where you can.

 

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