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13 May, 2022
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Barber boosts mental health

Male residents were given a confidence boost this week when a local barber gave free haircuts for Mental Health Awareness Week.

This week we were fortunate enough to have Mohammed drop by to give residents free haircuts for Mental Health Awareness Week.

Russell, resident at Your Place, said:


"I love getting my haircut. It makes me feel lighter, sharp and ready to go. It might not seem like a lot, but it definitely improves my mood. Thanks to Mohammed for popping in today; he was amazing, and it was great to have a chat with him and others while I waited."

Mohammed volunteered his time to provide professional haircuts and beard trims, and to chat to our residents. It was smiles all around on Wednesday.

Naomi, community partnerships manager at Your Place, said:

"It is volunteers like this that can transform a resident’s week. Finding the money to have a professional haircut can be a real challenge and yet feeling good about the way you look has such a huge positive impact on your mental health. Thank you, Mohammed!"

This year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is loneliness, which is a poignant topic for a lot of our residents who are single adults who have experienced homelessness. Getting a free haircut is great way to make them feel better and for them to have a safe space to share their experiences.


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For more information, please contact

William Antwi

Community Partnerships Officer

We’re hoping to make Anchor House Barbershop a regular monthly event for our residents, not just for Mental Health Awareness Week. If you’re a barber and would like to volunteer, we’d love to hear from you.


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