Leisa Graham from Merewether Hair Studio has offered to donate hair cuts for local people in need who are accessing the new Connecting the Hunter initiative by Hunter Homeless Connect Inc.
A hairdresser of 20 years, Leisa sees this as a great opportunity to ‘give back to the community’ and acknowledges that it can be hard to ‘go for a job or participate in the community if you do not feel well presented’.
Merewether Hair Studio has a friendly community vibe. This may be why people accessing the hairdressing studio open up and share their stories when getting their hair done. Leisa comments, ‘as a hairdresser in the community we talk to people and we hear lots of stories. We hear about peoples' lives. We are concerned about domestic violence in our communities’.
Leisa thinks that the Connecting the Hunter initiative ‘is amazing full stop. I want to get this out there so people going through tough times can have access to support from the local business community’.
Connecting the Hunter is an extension of the successful Hunter Homeless Connect Day event and provides a dignified and practical way for businesses in the community to offer goods and services to people experiencing homelessness, all year round.
For the past three years, women have outnumbered men among those seeking assistance at the annual Hunter Homeless Connect Day. Domestic violence is currently one of the leading causes of homelessness in Australia.