A group of young girls successfully completed work experience at hair and beauty salons at Leigh Park as part of a summer programme of activities.
The hair and beauty workshops were organised by the charity Big World Impact (BWI) in partnership with Zoom Salon and Dolly’s Beauty in Leigh Park.
Fourteen youngsters aged 12-16 accessed weekly sessions at Zoom Salon, in Park Parade, and learnt the basics of hairdressing, including how to shampoo, blow dry and apply a tint to hairdressing models.
The young women were peer mentored by the salon’s apprentices. A beauty workshop was also offered at Dolly’s Beauty where young people completed a nail art taster session.
Miranda Elliot, 13, said: ‘Hairdressing and beauty were really good. It gave me something really interesting to do over the summer holidays. I learnt to do new things and what it was like to be in a team. I’d really like to do my work experience in a hair and beauty salon.’
Mike Joines, managing director at Zoom Hairdressing, said: ‘We employ mostly Leigh Park people and I am very pleased to be able to offer some time to BWI and these young women who otherwise might not get a chance to peek behind the doors of a hairdressing salon as an employee.
‘I hope the youngsters involved have enjoyed their time over the past three weeks and who knows, we may have sparked an interest, that one may provide a young person a job for life.’
Charlotte Bishop, BWI community engagement coordinator, said: ‘The programme was designed in consultation with local young women who wanted something different from our current sports and arts offer.
‘By partnering with local salons, the young women have increased their confidence, learnt about potential employment routes and achieved something positive throughout the summer.’
BWI is funded by the Asda Foundation and Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner and offers young people aged 9-19 a range of positive diversionary activities to get involved with in Leigh Park.