Salon volunteers needed to make Christmas happen for homeless people

National homelessness charity, Crisis, is calling on hairdressers, barbers, stylists and salon assistants to volunteer and help boost homeless people’s self-esteem at their temporary Christmas shelters.

Crisis at Christmas runs from 23rd-30th December to offer temporary shelter and companionship for homeless people, with centres set to open across London, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

The salon service that Crisis runs as part of the initiative is always popular, with a team of volunteers washing, cutting and blow-drying guests’ hair to help them look and feel their best. Salon volunteers don’t always need professional qualifications, just enthusiasm and a desire to help.

Homelessness has risen substantially in recent years, with government statistics showing a 37 per cent rise in rough sleeping in England since 2010. Along with warmth and hot meals, the Crisis at Christmas initiative also gives guests access to healthcare and specialist advice on housing, work and benefits.

Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, said: “Being homeless can be a cold, miserable experience and never more so than at Christmas when most of us are sharing in the warmth of family and friends.

“By helping make Christmas happen for homeless people, volunteers can not only bring some much-needed cheer to our guests but also set them up with the chance to have a more positive year ahead through the life-changing services at our Crisis Skylight centres.”

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