Haircuts 4 Homeless Ireland to bring free grooming services to Smithfield this month

‘Haircuts 4 Homeless Ireland’ are coming to Smithfield this month.

Capuchin Day Centre – Photo: Aine Mckeon

The pop-up salon, staffed by trained volunteer hairdressers, will offer haircuts, beard trimming, and other grooming services to anyone who needs them, free of charge.

The event will take place at the Capuchin Day Centre, Smithfield, on Monday, May 15, from 9:30am to 11:30am.

The charity organisation put out a post on their Facebook asking for help from local barbers and hairdressers.

‘Haircuts 4 Homeless Ireland’ is a non-profit organisation that offers free haircuts to homeless people in Ireland.

Founded by Stewart Roberts in 2015, the goal of the organisation is to improve the lives of homeless individuals in their community.

‘Haircuts 4 Homeless Ireland’ believes that everyone, regardless of circumstances, deserves to feel appreciated and respected.

“I used to volunteer at a local homeless shelter, and I noticed that many of the people were in desperate need of basic grooming services,” Cian Gallagher, a local barber who volunteered for Haircuts 4 Homeless Ireland, told The Liberty. “A lot of them hadn’t had a haircut in weeks or even months.”

Capuchin Day Centre. Photo: Aine McKeon

The organisation is run by a network of volunteer hairdressers who contribute their time and expertise to provide haircuts to homeless people around Ireland. They also collaborate with other organisation and charities to provide further services like garment donations.

“I think the impact is enormous,” Gallagher said. “For many homeless people, a haircut can be a rare luxury. It can also help to boost their self-esteem and give them a sense of dignity.”

In addition to providing haircuts, the organisation also works to raise awareness about the issue of homelessness in Ireland and advocates for policy changes to address the root causes of homelessness.

‘Haircuts 4 Homeless Ireland’ is funded entirely through donations and relies on the support of volunteers to carry out their work.

They have received widespread media coverage and support from the local community, and have inspired similar initiatives in other parts of the world.

The Liberty spoke to Shauna Doyle who has put her name forward to volunteer on May 15th.

“I had heard about the organisation through a friend who was already volunteering with them, and I thought it sounded like a really great cause,” Doyle said. “As a hairdresser, I know how much a simple haircut can do to boost someone’s confidence and self-esteem, so I was eager to get involved.”

The Smithfield event is part of a series of pop-up salons hosted by ‘Haircuts 4 Homeless Ireland’ across Dublin in the coming months.

For more information about the organisation and upcoming activities, check out their website here.

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