Mobile stylist thanks Sunderland with free festive hairstyles

Falstone Court Care Home manager Beverley Thompson and deputy manager Bijumon Joseph in the home's old-fashioned shop that has been built to help residents with dementia remember their past.

Falstone Court Care Home manager Beverley Thompson and deputy manager Bijumon Joseph in the home's old-fashioned shop that has been built to help residents with dementia remember their past.

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A MOBILE stylist gave out festive hair styles as a thank you to a city community centre.

Ashleigh Sproat, 22, set up her own business with the help of Pallion Action Group (PAG) and decided staff and other members deserved a bit of festive pampering.

So, the crimper spent the day at the centre, which offers a wide range of community and education opportunities, brushing, washing, straightening and creating fancy pin-up styles for free to anyone who wanted them.

Ashleigh, who lives in Ryhope, found herself out of work when the hair salon she previously worked for closed down.

She said: “I had another job lined up but it wasn’t for quite a few months, so I needed to do something in the meantime.

“I went along to Pallion Action Group and the team encouraged me to think about setting up my own mobile business.”

With help from PAG, Ashleigh was put in touch with Social Enterprise Sunderland, which helped her with her business plan and getting started with So So Hair and Beauty.

She said: “The business took off so well, that I didn’t bother taking up the other job.

“I thought it would be a nice gesture to come along to the centre and give something back to the community as a thank you.”

Karen Wood, community development officer at the centre, said everyone was thrilled when Ashleigh offered to come in and give them a free Christmas hair style.

She said: “We are here to help people and supported Ashleigh to set up her own mobile business which is going really well, which is great.”

Karen said having their hair styled was a nice treat for the other clients at the centre and gave some of them a much-needed confidence boost and it was also a lot of fun.