Schwarzkopf Professional is appealing to adventurous hairdressers with a passion for the profession to volunteer for its annual Shaping Futures initiative, a training programme that gives young people from developing countries the chance to learn the universal skill of hairdressing.
Over the course of six weeks, groups of volunteers will take the trip of a lifetime to an SOS Children’s Village in the Philippines during April and May. Using their hairdressing know-how, the team will support a group of young people to not only learn a new trade, but give them the skills they need to build a profitable and sustainable career.
Now in its 11th year, the Shaping Futures initiative, supported by Fritz Henkel Stiftung aims to empower disadvantaged young people by giving them the tools and confidence to create a better future for themselves. Following the training, Schwarzkopf Professional also organises follow-up apprenticeships, so graduates can hone their skills and start to earn a living.
Interested hairdressers are invited to attend an introductory event where they can find out more about the initiative and sign up as a volunteer. The first informal session will take place in Manchester on 20th January followed by another in London on 27th January.
Kay Brady, National PPS Manager UK & IRE for Schwarzkopf Professional, said:
Becoming a Shaping Futures volunteer is a fantastic opportunity for skilled hairdressers who want to give back and make a real difference to people’s lives. This programme is incredibly important and over the past ten years, we’ve helped hundreds of youngsters from the SOS Children’s Villages fulfil their dreams and aspirations. We are incredibly proud of all the people involved, but especially the young people who fight every day to create their own futures; they are inspirations to us all.
Born from a small Japanese project with Cambodian street children in 2008, Shaping Futures evolved into a global initiative in 2010 when Schwarzkopf Professional partnered with SOS Children’s Villages – a leading non-profit organisation. Since then, Shaping Futures has helped thousands of young people across 27 countries gain valuable skills to move towards a brighter future.