Here at Sustainable Salons Australia (SSA), we believe sustainability is not just about minimising our environmental impact – it’s about so much more! In fact, a large part of what we’re all about is supporting the local community. You may have heard that we’ve recently collaborated with Frontyard Youth Services in Victoria, and now we’re in need of your valuable hairdressing skills and time.
Frontyard Youth Services provides integrated services to address the physical, social and emotional needs of young people aged between 12 and 25 years who spend time in Melbourne’s CBD.
Did you know that there are more than 22,000 homeless or marginally housed in Victoria, and of these about half of them are young people under 25 years of age? Homelessness is a huge issue, and while we don’t have the solution, we do have the tools to offer these young people a positive and useful service. The Frontyard centre offers free haircuts – they have a purpose-built salon ready and waiting, but unfortunately they haven’t been able to find enough hairdressers willing to volunteer their skills and time. And that’s where together, we can make a difference!
Zowie Evans, from Zowie Evans Hairdressing has been part of the Frontyard salon team twice now, and as you’ll read here, being involved in this cause is not only a no-brainer, it brings necessary perspective.
SSA: Tell us about your experience so far volunteering at Frontyard Youth services providing haircuts to Melbourne’s young people?
ZE: It’s been a humbling experience so far – I’ve never met such a more honest bunch of young adults! Frontyard provides such an awesome facility, and to quote one of my guests, “…they really don’t get enough credit for what they do”.
SSA: What made you want to volunteer your time and skills?
ZE: Honestly, I’ve had plenty of opportunities to build my career by giving my time and skills for free, which has helped me enormously. And after speaking with a guest of mine who volunteers for Feed the Homeless, I wondered about how I could get involved to use my skills to help the homeless and pay it forward. Then Krystina from Sustainable Salons asked if I would be interested in volunteering my time for Frontyard and I didn’t hesitate in saying yes!
SSA: What would you say to other hairdressers or barbers who have been thinking about volunteering?
ZE: Get involved, we need everyone! From a creative angle, these young adults WANT something new and fresh and are not frightened to experiment. So far I have had the best conversations and interactions – there is nothing to be nervous about, and the paperwork is easy to fill out! Most of these young adults have never had a professional haircut or it’s been a very long time, so to be able to provide them with something as simple as a haircut means the world to them. I won’t be stopping anytime soon!
SSA is looking for hairdressers who can commit up to 3 hours once a month on a Monday in the Frontyard salon.
If you’re interested in contributing to your local community in this way, simply fill in the form HERE.
Please note: a Working with Children check and a Police check will need to be completed as part of the volunteering process (at no cost to you).
For more info, get in touch with Krystina Birch – firstname.lastname@example.org or head to this website: