Humanising the face of Homelessness.
“It’s more than just a haircut”
Who Are We?
Haircuts4Homeless is a registered charity set up by veteran hairdresser Stewart Roberts. Inspired by the actions of hairdressers around the world cutting hair for people affected by homelessness, Stewart set out to build a community of skilled hairdresser volunteers who give their time free of charge to provide haircuts for people suffering from homelessness in the UK.
For the past seven years Stewart has been travelling the country with his team and running sessions at various refuges, shelters and crisis centres. These sessions aren’t just about providing hair cuts, they are about creating safe spaces for vulnerable people to experience empathy, touch and a boost to their self esteem.
“To have a session like this run by Haircuts4Homeless creates a whole day for people to get their haircut, to sit and chat, and to watch other people get their haircut. It’s really important because it creates a community feel.” - Salvation Army Women's Refuge, Limehouse
Unfortunately we have recently lost a large portion of our funding, putting the charity in jeopardy. Without an increase in funding we will no longer be able to operate and provide vital services to our homeless communities.
Since 2019 London based photographer Jack Eames and session hairstylist Leigh Keates have been working alongside Haircuts4Homeless, joining Stewart in his sessions. With the express permission of the clients, Jack has been photographing the H4H guests, while Leigh has been documenting their spoken stories. Now, with an archive of beautiful portrait photographs and intimate quotes, Haircuts4Homeless are collaborating with both artists to release Hear Me, See Me: a large photographic coffee table book of our guests from these past two years.
“It helps out a lot, it makes you feel so much better!” - Haircuts4Homeless guest
The creation and sales of this book are paramount to the survival of Haircuts4Homeless. All the proceeds from each book sale will go straight back into the charity to help continue funding us, as well as spread awareness about the essential services the charity contributes to society.
In order to do this, Haircuts4Homeless are asking for help to raise funds for the printing costs of the book. In the next 30 days we need to raise £20,000 to send our beautiful book to print, the sales of which will help keep us going as long as we possibly can!
If you are able, please consider donating to our cause and helping us reach our end goal! Through our rewards tiers you can pre order a copy of the 320mm x 240mm photographic coffee table book, with 120 pages of spectacular black and white images by photographer Jack Eames. The book will also contain quotes documented by Leigh Keates from our guests to help tell their stories and humanise the faces of homelessness. With your help we can continue running our sessions nationwide, and creating safe spaces for vulnerable members of our community.