Neighbourhood House is a cut above

Kate Withers

If you look good then quite often you feel good.

That was the notion driving a new initiative at the Morwell Neighbourhood House.

From July 1, visitors to the House’s food bank will also have access to free haircuts.

“A great hair cut not only helps you look fabulous but it also gives you an improved sense of self-worth,” Morwell Neighbourhood House manager Tracie Lund said.

“It is so important for your physical confidence to look after your hair.”

House director of community wellbeing and happiness, Honeybell Lollipop the golden retriever, will also be on-site to lend a paw.

“It is so imperative to us that, when you visit our food bank that you have a positive experience,” Ms Lund said.

“This is why Honeybell works most food bank days and why we are so thrilled to now be offering free haircuts.”

The free haircut initiative was set to be rolled out earlier this year but was “derailed by the COVID-coaster”.

“To be able to do it now when we couldn’t in March, I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to get it off the ground,” Ms Lund said.

“I’m always looking for us to be more than just a food bank and a whole-person support for those people who really need our services.

“We’ve got the food bank but we’ve also got a shower that people can come and use, hot meals inside, and now you’ll be able to book in for a haircut.

“I don’t know of any other food banks that are doing anything like this, so we really are becoming a one-stop shop.”

Hairdresser Donna Robinson has generously donated her artistry and will be offering cuts for food bank clients once a month.

“Yes I am a hairdresser, but my passion is to love the community … so this is a beautiful opportunity to show people how much I understand that things can be hard,” Ms Robinson said.

“It’s more than just a haircut, this is an opportunity for you to make a new start.”

Free haircuts will be available once a month for food bank clients and bookings are essential.

For more information, visit Morwell Neighbourhood House on Facebook or phone 5134 5488.