Hair­cuts a big help

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Street Watch -

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.

Pic­ture: Ta-ku

Short Back & Side Walks gives peo­ple a fresh new look.

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