Skullfades offer barber training to homeless

Published 07th Feb 2017 by Charlotte Grant-West
Skullfades offer barber training to homeless Ged King, owner of Skullfades Barber Shop in Sale, is something of a local legend in Manchester, ever since he took to the streets to give haircuts to homeless people. Not one to sit still, he's now giving hope to the homeless by training them up as barbers in the back room of his shop.

"I used to cut hair at the Barnabus homeless charity on my Mondays off," says Ged. "Then I thought, what about training some of these people up?" Ged worked with Barnabus to find suitable candidates and decided to utilise the back room of his shop. Renovations are already underway. "It was only being used for staff to have a brew. To do it back there is a better use of my time, allowing me to have Mondays with my family," he says. Ged is looking for businesses to sponsor the planned new chairs in the back room at a cost of £40 per week. Several businesses have signed up to sponsor a chair, with one already signed up for a year. "The sponsorship allows us to offer the guys a wage rather than coming in for free," says Ged. "But we'll be offering the training anyway."

Ged says there are already six potential trainees waiting to start. "These are people that have had a rough time, some are street homeless and some have suffered from addiction. The key is to find people who want to change and to give those people an opportunity to do so," he says.

Ged visits streets, shelters and hostels with the Skullfades Foundation, a team that includes counsellors, addiction coaches and photographer Jenny Winstone, founder of  The Mancunian Tribe, a photography series celebrating community, compassion and kindness in Manchester.

Find out more about the team's amazing work on Facebook @SkullfadesFoundation.

Charlotte Grant-West

Charlotte Grant-West

Published 07th Feb 2017

Charlotte oversees the print magazine, website and social media channels at HJ. With over a decade of experience as a journalist, Charlotte was formerly Editor of Modern Barber and HJ Men, Social Editor at Netmums and Features Writer at Boots Health & Beauty magazine. She loves any products that make her hair bigger and more voluminous, and loves a behind-the-scenes peek at anything hair-related – whether it's a factory tour, BTS on a shoot or backstage at fashion week.


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