On Saturday 28th October our first Street Barber (Edinburgh) event took place at the Leith Walk Police box. It was a great success and our volunteer barber Sean gave haircuts to seven men!
We also handed out free tea, coffee and cakes as well as toiletries to the homeless men and women who came along.
A couple of Edinburgh City Councillors joined us for a while as well. Susan Rae (Scottish Green – Leith Walk) and Kate Campbell (SNP Councillor for Portobello-Craigmillar, Chair of Edinburgh Council Homelessness Task Force) both spent a couple of hours with us.
The Street Barber (Edinburgh) will take place on the last Saturday of every month and we are planning on adding free haircuts for women to our service with the help of another volunteer hairdresser.
In order to continue providing this service, we are asking local barbers to help us with fundraising by donating £1 from their hair cut/shave prices during December, the proceeds of which will help future events to take place!
We are also looking for donations of toiletries that will be distributed to people who come for haircuts.
If you would like to know more, contact [email protected]