Barbering Students Hold Cutting Edge Community Drive


Students from Blackburn College recently organised and hosted a free hairdressing event in support of the South Ribble LGBT community.

The event saw over 10 aspiring barbers provide free haircuts to members of the LGBT community currently engaged with a Lancashire County Council (LCC) service.

Lee Thistlethwaite, Level 3 Barbering tutor said: “The event was a tremendous success and a special thanks goes out to everyone that came along to receive a free treatment.”

Lee added: “I’m proud to teach students who not only demonstrate a high level of technical skill in their craft, but understand the importance of using their talents to give back to the local community.”

“Thank you to Thomas and all our Barbering students who truly exemplify the type of student Blackburn College nurtures. Thoughtful, considerate and willing to go out of their way to support others.”

Spearheaded by student Thomas Mayfield, The Zone in Leyland was transformed into a makeshift barber shop for the evening.

Thomas said: “Knowing the challenges faced by LCC’s family and wellbeing services as a result of austerity cuts, I knew they would be a good service to partner with.

“Through LCC, I was put in touch with Amanda Kaley, who runs Power To Be Out (POUT) – which is a support group for LGBT teenagers aged 13-18.

“As many of these teenagers feel isolated within their own homes, this group supports members by enabling them to spend time with others within the LGBT community.”

Thomas was keen to use his skills as an aspiring barber to benefit the local community. He leveraged local industry contacts to sponsor the event.

Thomas added: “Sometimes, something as simple as a haircut can really lift someone’s mood. I was extremely proud of the event and even more proud of my classmates.

“I need to thank Lee and Blackburn College for the support and encouragement received and Chris Skeggs of Queens Dock Barbershop in Rawtenstall – who donated products that were shared with POUT members and LCC staff. A special thanks to LCC as well who were supportive throughout the whole process!”

Blackburn College offers a wide range of Barbering and Hairdressing courses, including full-time and part-time Vocational courses and Apprenticeships.

Places still remain on courses at Blackburn College starting September 2019. Visit to secure a place.

2 May 2019, 17:44 PM