*I am a self employed barber from a wee toon in Central Scotland. For some time now I have been brain storming over ideas to help give back to my community and people who need additional support.
* Earlier this year I started a warm clothing collection to give to the homeless on the streets of central Scotland. So many of my clients, family & friends have chipped in. Donating any warm clothing they no longer wear.
*I have been selling homemade beard oil to raise funds to buy hats & gloves to add to the collection. I gave myself 3 months to raise £40 between September & early December by selling sample pots of beard oil & within 4 weeks, I have hit my £40 target. It continues to grow.
*Over the last few weeks boxes & bags have took over my living room & are spreading to other rooms. Boxes of women's & men's jackets. Hoodies, trackies & jeans. The collection keeps growing.
*This got me thinking of other ways I could help! IM A BARBER! Why am I not using the skills I already have to give back? This idea has passed through my mind on a few occasions but I think the fear of putting myself out there & what others would think, held me back from acting on this idea.
*A few weeks ago, an old friend sent me a video link of a barber out on the streets, giving haircuts to the homeless. What this guy is doing for these men & woman living rough is incredible. Not only are the physical changes phenomenal, he is giving these guys hope. A haircut won’t change someone's life, but it can change how they feel about themselves. You know how good you feel when your fresh out the Barber Shop. Fresh Fade, beard on point. You are oozing confidence. Ladies I know you feel me too... That's what changes lives.
* I have since been in touch with a girl who volunteers in a soup kitchen in Glasgow over the Christmas period. This is where I plan to hand in all the clothing that I have collected. I want to give back not just at Christmas but all year round. Raising money to buy cordless clippers & the other equipment needed, would mean I have the freedom to cut hair where ever I'm needed.
*My plan is to keep collecting warm clothing & hand them in to soup kitchens not just over Christmas but through the winter months. Raising the money to buy the equipment needed to cut hair means I can volunteer in centres across central Scotland & get out in the streets, cutting hair all year round & in to the future.