An afternoon of pampering for sheltered housing customers in Brighton
In April, the Group supported ten customers in Brighton and Hove to take part in a five week beauty training course, designed to help them retrain for a new career. Two graduates from the course, Nadia and Nikki, have been using their beauty skills to give some much-appreciated pampering to sheltered housing customers in Brighton.
After the course, graduate Nikki Hunt said: “I was afraid when I started the course, but it gave me a great sense of achievement and helped me with my confidence.”
Following their positive experiences, Nikki and fellow graduate Nadia Dawson wanted to use their newly acquired skills to help other customers. Jade Johnson, one of our Employment Skills Officers, arranged for the duo to run a manicure afternoon at Courtney King House, one of our sheltered housing schemes in Brighton. It was a valuable opportunity for the pair to practice their skills and for residents to enjoy a social afternoon in a fun atmosphere.
Jade said: “All our customers who took part in the course have used their skills in different ways. Some are now running successful beauty businesses, some are in the early stages of setting up their own businesses, one graduate is looking to work in a salon, and others, like Nikki and Nadia, have been looking at volunteering as a way to gain more experience to support their professional journeys.”
Nikki and Nadia have decided to extend their voluntary beauty service and are planning a similar afternoon this month for residents at Sidney Tidy House, another sheltered housing scheme in Brighton, and are looking to return to Courtney King House. And next month, Nikki and another course graduate, Michelle Chatfield, are planning on running a pampering session at Charles Court, a sheltered housing scheme in Worthing.
The beauty skills course was so successful that Jade will be organising another five week course for customers, starting on 8 September at Hove College.
For more about this story, please contact:
Mary Weeks Communications Manager Southern Housing Group 0207 553 6841