Haircuts4Homeless is giving homeless people the skills to become hairstylists

Published: 21-May-2019

The British charity is a group of volunteers that give haircuts to homeless people for free of charge

A British charity initiative which provides homeless people with free haircuts is now launching an educational programme to teach some of the UK’s most vulnerable people hairdressing skills.

Founded in 2014 by stylist Stewart Roberts, Haircuts4Homeless has since delivered 35,000 haircuts to homeless people in the UK and Ireland.

The H4H Academy is being supported by hair care brand Evo, The Jet Training Academy and Akito Scissors.

People in London, via City & Guilds, will be the first to have access to the course, but there are hopes to roll-out the initiative nationwide.

Roberts said: “Homelessness damages peoples’ capability: they lose skills; they can’t think about employment while worrying about housing; their health becomes impaired due to being homeless.

“It knocks their resilience, self-esteem and self-confidence.”

He said that one in four ex-homeless people also find themselves unable to sustain a tenancy. “Therefore, it is important to build people's skills, confidence and capability to empower them to feel in control of their lives again, so they are able to move on from homelessness for good,” he added.

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