Thanks to funding from the Encouraging and Supporting Grassroots Activity Fund from Age Scotland’s About Dementia project in partnership with the Scottish Government we are able to pilot this project and provide the service for free until Autumn 2023.
People participating in the pilot will be asked for their input and feedback to help us to develop the design of the service.
We hope that the pilot will help us to design a long term service if there is a demand for it.
We provide regular haircuts to people living with dementia in the comfort of their own home.
Our specially designed service ensures people living with dementia can continue to experience the joys and benefits of professional hair care, helping them to feel like themselves, boosting their self-esteem and improving their overall wellbeing.
The service is available to people over 50 years old who are living with dementia in EH4, EH5 & EH12, as well as unpaid carers they live with.
The service is provided Audrey, a qualified and experienced hairdresser who is also trained in dementia awareness and reminiscence skills.
She is also a member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups scheme.
“It is an absolute pleasure to be helping to deliver this fantastic service. From my own personal experience, I understand how frustrating it can be for a person to be shut-out of these important pleasurable activities. Even a small trim can cheer a person up for the day. In just a few short weeks, I have already seen how much joy the service is bringing for local people. Together we are enjoying a giggle, a chat about old times and everyone is left feeling a million dollars.”
Who is eligible for the service?
How much does the service cost?
The service is currently free. Thanks to funding from the Encouraging and Supporting Grassroots Activity Fund from Age Scotland’s About Dementia project in partnership with the Scottish Government we are able to provide the service for free while we pilot the project.
How long will the pilot last and will the service continue after the pilot?
The pilot will last until Autumn 2023. We hope that the pilot will help us to design a long term service if there is a demand for it.
What services are available?
We currently offer haircuts and beard trims.
How often are haircuts provided?
Haircuts are provided every 6 weeks.
Where does the service take place?
Haircuts are provided at your home. We can use your key safes for access if answering the door is difficult.
Do I need to provide any products/equipment?
You will need a dining/kitchen chair or a wheelchair to sit in to have your haircut. We will bring all other products and equipment we need with us.
What do I need to do in preparation for my appointment?
We ask clients to wash their hair the morning of, or night before, their appointment.
What if I need to cancel?
If you need to cancel we ask that you give us at least 48 hours notice. Failure to cancel an appointment, out with extenuating circumstances such as emergency hospital admissions, may result in you being removed from our client list. This is to protect our hairdressers earnings and make sure our funding is used responsibly.
What checks/insurance do the hairdressers have?
Our hairdressers are members of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups scheme and are insured.
What qualifications do the hairdressers have?
Our hairdressers are fully qualified and experienced.
I am arranging the service for a loved one living with dementia, do I need to be with them for their appointment?
Some people may be more comfortable having someone they know with them for their appointment, however there is no requirement to be there with them if you think they will be happy on their own.
How do sign up?
If you would like to sign up or refer someone else please call us on 0131 343 0940 or click the sign up button at the top of this page to complete a sign up form.