For the last 2 weeks and until Christmas, Gavin Elphinstone, Apprentice Barber at Huntsman, has been attending the City Church / Integrate Scotland Lifestyle service on Monday nights to give free haircuts to its guests.
Lifestyle is a gateway worship service and community dinner which caters for the disadvantaged, marginalised or excluded. Many of the guests who attend struggle with things like stigma & discrimination, homelessness, physical abuse, low/no income, finding employment, mental health issues, isolation, drug or alcohol problems & lack of access to basics like food, clothing & household essentials.
Last week, Gavin (who retrained as a hairdresser following the downturn in the oil and gas industry) said
“I can’t afford to help everyone in need, but I can offer my skills. So last night and every Monday leading to Christmas I will be at City Church Gilc Park for Lifestyle. On my first visit to Lifestyle I was there from 17.00-20.30 and stayed for the service too. I was offering free hair-cuts to those who are less fortunate, and it's fair to say their faces were priceless, so happy. So kind and grateful.”
Ross from Integrate Scotland said
“It’s also fair to say that these free (and we think, very high quality!) haircuts are not only changing the outward appearance of our guests, but are giving them a real boost in confidence. Each one so far has left with a real spring in their step. It’s been absolutely amazing to see a little happiness being brought into life’s where often, self-esteem and dignity has been badly eroded over time”
As if this wasn’t enough, Gavin’s sister Cheree Thain got wind of what he was doing and took it upon herself to crochet the coolest woolen hats for the guests!