Training at the cutting edge
Shaping Futures is a new global social partnership between SOS Children and Schwarzkopf Professional which introduces young people from SOS Children’s Villages across India to the craft, work opportunities and joy of hairdressing.
Volunteer teams of hairdressers from UK Schwarzkopf partner salons are travelling to India to deliver intensive training courses to teach young people who have grown up in SOS communities the basics of hairdressing. After the training, local Schwarzkopf organisations offer follow-up apprenticeships and job placements. Each trainee also receives a start-up salon pack with scissors, combs, brushes, clips, capes, towels, a mirror and water pump – all the basic tools needed to start making a living as a hairdresser.
One of the first UK teams to visit was from the Janet Maitland Hair Excellence group in Durham. Company Director, Janet, describes what happened on the team’s trip to SOS Children’s Village Chennai (photo, above): “We had a fantastic time. We were there for three weeks working six days a week. We taught the young people to blow, wave, foil, apply hair colour and perform simple cuts as well as professional salon conduct. Consequently, they really impressed their potential employers on the recruitment day with their new skills, so much so, that all 20 trainees in our group got a job in hairdressing. It was a fantastic result and it was fabulous to end the trip knowing that their future was in good hands. It really was the most fulfilling experience of my life.”
Matt’s triple marathon effort
To mark his 40th birthday and raise valuable funds for SOS Children, our supporter, Matt Lewis, took part in the Jurassic Coast Challenge in Dorset on 22-24 March. Despite not having run a single marathon before, he committed to completing three marathons (78.6 miles) in just three days.
Matt already sponsors a young girl growing up in an SOS Children’s Village in Bangladesh and said: “I wanted to support the charity which does some amazing work all around the world. This is probably the daftest thing I have ever done – and that’s saying something as it’s a very long list!”
Supporters rally for World Orphan Week
This year’s World Orphan Week took place from 4-11 March to raise funds for children around the world growing up alone with no-one to care for them. A massive thanks to everyone who got involved to clock up miles towards our virtual trek from the UK to SOS Children’s Village Chipata in Zambia. Your funds will help to change lives and enable vulnerable children to grown up with the love, care and security of a family.
In early March ten members of the University of Manchester SOS Children supporter group took part in a sponsored walk to raise funds for World Orphan Week by walking a 26-mile route around Greater Manchester. Annalise Baker, Chair of the society, said: “We were shocked when we realised that one in every six children in the Chipata region is an orphan. That’s why we felt that it was such a worthy cause.”
Find out how you can get involved with SOS Children and change children's lives.