People affected by homelessness and poverty got smart new haircuts courtesy of hairdressing tutors from City of Wolverhampton College.

Around 12 local men and women who are supported by the Good Shepherd Ministry, based at Darlington Street Methodist Church, were treated to free trims by three staff from the college’s hair training academy.

The session was organised as part of Project ICE – run by West Midlands Police to address issues that affect people in the city – after a number of homeless people involved with the scheme said that they looked and felt unkempt.

PC Paul Bevan, from Wolverhampton Police, said: “After being made aware of this issue we approached the college to see if they would be able to help and were delighted when staff offered to go along to the Good Shepherd Ministry to provide haircuts to some of the clients.”      

Graham Thompson, manager of the Academy salon, who did some of the haircuts, said: “We were very happy to support the project and the clients were so appreciative that we are planning to run another session before Christmas.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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