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Volunteer Barber – SPEAR London -Richmond

SPEAR London

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Job type

  • Volunteer



Full job description

  • Approximately 6 hours per month on an ad-hoc, weekday basis
  • Richmond, Kingston, Wandsworth, Merton and Sutton boroughs

The Role

The role of the Volunteer Barber is an important one to the charity as part of our confidence-building and resettlement efforts. The role will suit someone who is a trainee or qualified barber or hairdresser and who is mindful of how much a new appearance can increase the self-esteem of someone who is experiencing homelessness or is being resettled by SPEAR.

The volunteer will enjoy developing positive relationships with new people and will be willing to work outside of their own comfort zone providing haircuts at no charge to SPEAR clients. The volunteer must have an enhanced DBS background check (SPEAR will apply for this on your behalf).

Estimated time commitment required for the role

Dates for 2024 have not yet been scheduled but we are looking for approximately 2-3 volunteer barbers who can dedicate approximately 6 hours per month on an ad-hoc, weekday basis.


  • Attend Health and Wellbeing Days and on average complete between 10 to 15 haircuts each day.
  • Provide Human Resources with the volunteer hours you have carried out on a monthly basis.
  • Uphold SPEAR’s data confidentiality policy and code of conduct.
  • Immediately report any causes for concern around a client to the Homeless Health Link Manager or Human Resources. Volunteers also undertake to report any immediate health emergency to the relevant emergency services if judged necessary.
  • Report to line responsibility for any safeguarding issues and attend support meetings.
  • Work with other volunteers in similar roles.

About You

You’ll have:

  • We are looking for a trainee or qualified barber or hairdresser.
  • You will be familiar with the approved codes of practice in hairdressing standards.
  • Friendly, empathetic approach and a good listener.
  • Have an understanding of the issues surrounding homelessness, rough sleeping, mental health challenges and substance addiction.
  • Is open-minded with a non-judgemental approach to persons experiencing homelessness, addiction and recovery.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Is able to establish and maintain appropriate boundaries.
  • Can work on their own.
  • Adhere to the work and values of SPEAR.

What’s in it for you

  • All out-of-pocket expenses, are reimbursed.
  • All volunteers will receive an induction to volunteering and to their specific roles and projects.
  • While volunteering at the project, volunteers have full liability insurance cover.
  • There are appreciation events to recognise the important contribution that volunteers make.
  • Personal & professional development through training, support and ongoing evaluation.
  • SPEAR can provide a reference after 6 months of active continuous volunteering.
  • Contribute to a project that really does make a difference to the lives of people experiencing homelessness.