Homeless people in Middlesbrough received free haircuts courtesy of seven barbering students.

The team of trainee haircutters from Middlesbrough College visited Newport Community Hub to give free trims to those in need, as part of the council-run ‘In out of the cold’ event, which provided clean clothing, entertainment and advice to homeless people in the area.

“The barbering team were pleased to be able to help those less fortunate than themselves,” said Tracey Todd, the college’s barbering coordinator. “We also provided vouchers to people who attended the event so they can come into the college and get a haircut at our salon.”

Catering students from the college’s MC Academy also helped out, preparing pastries and breads to be donated to the John Paul Centre, a volunteer-led organisation which supports people facing homelessness.

“Every day on their way into college they see people facing homelessness on the streets, and it can be quite shocking,” added Sharon McIntyre, a teaching assistant at MC Academy. “By donating, the students do a great deed and also build their own confidence, showing they can effect positive change in the community.”

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