Graduate Salon supports The Carers’ Support Service

Beauty learners from the Grimsby Institute’s Graduate Salon have been holding Pamper Session for The Carers’ Support Service, offering relaxing treatments for those in our community who spend their time helping others.

The Carers’ Support Service, based in the centre of Grimsby, works with and supports carers in North East Lincolnshire, offering a range of services including;

  • Information and advice
  • Carer groups and social activities
  • Counselling
  • Befriending
  • Advocacy
  • Support when caring ends
  • Training
  • Holistic therapies

A carer is classified as someone of any age who looks after a child, relative, partner or friend in need of help because they have an illness, disability, frailty or a substance misuse problem. The care they provide may be personal, emotional or supervisory and is unpaid.

Lisa Wood, Volunteer Coodinator and Counsellor for The Carers’ Support Service, explained how the relationship with the Graduate Salon developed, Lisa said: “Part of my job is to go to the Grimsby Institute and chat to the students about the work we do and offer placements in Beauty, Social Care and Counselling.

“I contacted Sophia from the Beauty Department to see if there was any way we could start working together. We have now started to offer Pamper Days for the carers and they have been very successful.   Carers can come in and have treatments like pedicures, manicures and massages, free of charge, which are offered by the learners.

“Being a carer can take everything out of someone and this gives them a bit of time out for themselves. It is one of the ways we can say thank you to them and show how much the community appreciates everything they do.”

Sophia Farren , Specialist Coordinator for Beauty at the Grimsby Institute, added: “We have developed a monthly arrangement whereby the learners spend a day at the centre, offering manicure & facial treatments.

“We had our first event in October, which went very well.  As this has been so successful we have collectively decided to make this a monthly event.  I feel this offers so much to our learners, they are meeting new people, it enhances their customer service, it allows them to work on their soft skills, practice their technical skills as well as them being able to help with such a worthwhile cause.”