At the time of writing (17 Nov) 61 women have been killed as a result of violence this year alone. This is an increase of 8 women since the same time last year.
Hairdressers with Hearts aims to help reduce these figures by getting the word out into the wider hairdressing community that there is something positive hairdressers can do to help end the violence.
Australia has in excess of 55,000 hairdressers with the ability to directly impact the endemic issue of domestic violence and elder abuse. It comes down to training so a hairdresser can provide the right advice and the right referrals at the right time.
It is a long walk from Bribie Island to reach so many hairdressers. However, we are working step by step to achieve our goals. This has included spreading the word via an interview on ABC Radio, key members of our team meeting with Susan Lamb, Member for Longman to share fuller details of our goals and seek her support to promote our message in Federal Parliament.
We have also been actively promoting membership of Hairdressers with Hearts and there are two levels of available:
Individual membership - $25 and if you are a pensioner/concession card holder it is just $10. Members receive a bi-annual newsletter and advance notification of our events which means never missing out on tickets.
Affiliate membership - $250 for hairdressers and barbers. Members receive the Hairdressers with Hearts resource pack for their salon, and 2 places at our “Say No More” training to DV and Elder Abuse training, plus the benefits associated with individual membership.
We are particularly keen to hear from individuals with fundraising, administrative or marketing experience.
Our next training session for volunteers is being held on Saturday 24th November at 1.30 pm. If you are interested in volunteering, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org to receive more details.
To join us as a member please visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/hairdresserswithhearts for fuller details.