Podcast 011: Haircuts 4 Homeless – with Stewart Roberts & Jackie McColl
Welcome to Episode 11 of the Rediscovery of Me: Haircuts 4 Homeless.
In this episode, I am joined by Steward Roberts and Jackie McColl.
“I connect really quickly when I go to a new centre because that’s me sitting there, I was just lucky enough to get out of it before it got that far. But they’re all me sitting there.”
Five years ago, hairdresser Stewart Roberts was visiting a centre for people with drug and alcohol problems, noticing a homeless man, and inspired by someone he’d seen giving makeovers on the street, the following week he decided to take the tools of his trade – his scissors. Word quickly spread and he was asked to take his scissors into shelters in Romford and other areas. Haircuts for the Homeless was born. On this episode he shares his incredible story of how a national charity was born. He is joined by Jackie McColl founder of multiple projects around the Manchester area.
In this episode you will learn that:
- Working with those less fortunate than us can be a real antidote to feeling bad
- Homelessness affects a much wider range of people than we might at first realize
- Haircuts 4 Homeless is about so much more than just cutting hair – it breaks barriers and allows people to connect
- How many homeless people are often not spoken for days at a time
- Working at the homeless center is often a great place to help those most in need
- How the charity has grown over the last five years
- Volunteering is all about action – and the power of being a nuisance!
- Volunteers also need to be protected so that they are able to do their role effectively
- Importance of communication and how Haircuts 4 Homeless transcends barriers
- How Lena Headey, from Game of Thrones, is now an ambassador for Haircuts 4 Homeless
- The importance of boundaries – even in the charity sector
- The importance of teamwork and different skills that are needed to run a large charity
- Helping others can make you happier and overcome our own personal struggles
- How we shouldn’t attach our happiness to money.
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