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Local students give free haircuts to residents of Salvation Army homeless hostel

Local students give free haircuts to residents of Salvation Army homeless hostel

Hairdressing students from Coleg Gwent, one of Wales’ biggest colleges, have been along to Ty Gobaith homeless shelter in Cardiff giving free haircuts to the residents to help make them feel better.
The 16 students from the City of Newport Campus are not the first group to give their time to the shelter. Last year, another group went and provided a free hair cutting service which was really well received by the residents. This is part of an initiative by the college to get the students out into local communities and organisations to build relationships and their experience. 

Hairdressing lecturer, Susan Woods who won Further Education Lecturer of the Year at the Gwent Schools Awards, says the experience is so important. 

“We’re very lucky as a college to have links with the Salvation Army’s Ty Gobaith House. It’s given my learners and I an opportunity to give a little something back to society. My learners are blessed to be given the chance to use the skills they’ve learnt over the years to benefit others. It’s a great feeling to make others feel better about themselves and as a tutor I’m so proud of them for taking part.”

Last year, groups of students also visited the Royal Gwent and St Woolos Hospitals in Newport to provide similar services to long term patients. This was later recognised at the 2016 Aneurin Bevan Volunteering Awards where they won the Enhancing Patient Experience award. 

Salvation Army specialist support worker at Ty Gobaith, Stephanie Newton said: “This is such a great initiative from Coleg Gwent and a real win-win for everyone. The students are honing their hairdressing skills and giving back to the community while our service users are getting a rare opportunity to be a little bit pampered for a change. Having a haircut might not seem like much to some people, but it can really improve self-esteem, something that many of our clients struggle with. 
“I’m so pleased that Ty Gobaith has this connection with Coleg Gwent and I really want to thank the staff and learners who came along today for all their hard work.” 
One of the residents, Dean, was treated to a free haircut by one of the students and said it definitely made him feel better. “We haven’t got a lot of money so it’s nice that they’ve come to cut our hair.”
For more information about studying for a qualification in hairdressing at Coleg Gwent, click here or call Admissions on 01495 333 777.

To find out more about Ty Gobaith House and the great work they do, click here.
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