The LIONS Society Barbering Academy have been cutting hair to uplift and provide a safe space to talk for people affected by mental heath issues.

The volunteer organisation, which was founded in March 2017, and works with young people in an attempt to divert them away from violence, were invited by councillor Janet Campbell  to take part during world Mental Health Week in Mind in Croydon’s Take Notice campaign.

LIONS Director Raymond Robb said: “It was extremely important to us to create a friendly, supportive warm environment, one that could invoke conversation  and one where  we could encourage those who were suffering and simply just needed uplifting whilst having a haircut. We believe that’s it was important for us to promote the Take Notice campaign because our community need support in this area.”

The LIONS are also operating the Barbering Academy at Legacy Youth zone between 5pm and 7pm, every other Monday. The academy trains 14-18 year-old’s and covers topics including customer service, health and safety within the work place, hygiene, product knowledge and practical learning . 

Raymond added: “We bring edification and understanding to those who come along on social issues such as, knife and gun crime, bullying, grooming , education, and any other current affair issues the youths would like to discuss .”