Haircuts a big help
SOMETIMES a haircut can make all the difference to how someone feels.
It’s one of the reasons why Craig Hollywood started Short Back & Side Walks, a not-forprofit charity that provides barber cuts for people in need, free of charge.
He said the project had been running for about six months.
“We have been lucky enough to have received the praise of local charities like the Salvation Army, St Bartholomew’s House and Uniting Care West,” he said.
“Alongside this, there has been attention from politicians, musicians and also large amounts of support from caring members of society, who have been influenced since seeing the project to clear out some clothing or organise a food drive, which we think is amazing.”
Mr Hollywood said the concept came about when he and some others were volunteering around Perth.
“We felt that alongside being provided with a place to go and have a hot meal, people would benefit with the option of having their personal appearance looked after too,” he said.
“A new haircut is sometimes an unaffordable luxury to people in need, so we felt that it was time to try and change that.”
He said the focus revolved around helping people rebuild and reintegrate in to society.
“It’s an idea that came up for the sole purpose of doing a nice thing for another human being,” Mr Hollywood said.
The project worked by operating in close contact with service providers such as The Salvation Army, St Bartholomew’s House, Uniting Care Australia and Ruah.
The clients are notified a few days before via personal invites to come and get a fresh new haircut on the house, at a set location somewhere close to the CBD.
Short Back & Side Walks gives people a fresh new look.