The UK’s leading end of life charity, Marie Curie is here to support everyone in the UK through all aspects of dying, death and bereavement – and to fight for a society where everyone gets to have the best experience possible at the end of their lives. We support the NHS by providing frontline care.
Last year we helped more than 60,000 people directly and reached over two million more. Marie Curie Nurses care for people in their homes, giving much-needed respite to overstretched carers.
Our nine hospices offer the reassurance of specialist care and support in a friendly, welcoming environment – so people can feel safe and cared-for in their final months, weeks and days of life. Our trusted information and support line help people in their hour of need to feel reassured, informed and empowered to face what’s happening in their lives – whether that’s terminal illness, caring or bereavement.
Our campaigns influence decision-makers so people whose lives are touched by terminal illness, death and bereavement have a voice advocating for the change they need to see. Our leading research ensures that, as we face what’s coming in the years ahead, we understand more about what good end of life looks like, and how we can support each other in the best ways possible.
Haircuts4Homeless is a registered charity set up by veteran hairdresser Stewart Roberts. Inspired by the actions of hairdressers in various parts of the world cutting hair for the homeless, Stewart set out not only to do this his self but to build a whole community of skilled hairdresser volunteers who give their time free of charge to give haircuts for homeless people.
Homeless people have many challenges to face, one of them often being a low self-esteem. A haircut can have a great effect on someone, giving them a real boost. It’s often way down on a homeless persons priorities with what lack of money so the service proves to be very popular. One of people’s basic rights is for them to feel good about themselves and this service can give that to people.
Hairdressers have a known empathy and are great communicators. The industry is known for its generosity and willingness to help people therefore there are many that would willingly give some of their time and expertise. We started the project in Havering and, with the right amount of support, plan to roll it out across the UK & beyond. There is something very personal about cutting someone’s hair that can be both enjoyable and therapeutic which is something that many homeless people rarely get.
It may be "just a haircut", but it's the kindness shown that makes a homeless person know that people really care.
We're like Foodbanks but we supply personal care and hygiene essentials instead of food, to people in the UK who can't afford to be clean. We believe that everybody is a somebody and we all have the right to be clean because our physical health, mental health and wellbeing depends on it.
We don't judge and we don't stigmatise we exist to support those in our communities who need a hand up, not a hand out.
You can wish for change, hope for change, pray for change or you can drive the change you want to see.
Ours is beauty with purpose.