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    FRESH CUTS: Uniting Wimmera’s Steph Purcell, left, and her sister, hairdresser Tarsh Lane, promote free community haircut sessions planned for January. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Free community haircut sessions

Wimmera families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can ‘start their new year feeling great’ thanks to free community haircut sessions in Horsham.

Uniting Wimmera CASI community connector Steph Purcell said the organisation understood many families had been doing it tough throughout the life-altering pandemic.

“This is the first time we’ve run something like this and we are making it available to the whole community – anyone who has been financially or mentally affected by COVID-19,” she said. 

“It’s an opportunity to get the kids neatened up before school starts or to get a trim yourself.

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“It’s not just for kids, but also for parents and grandparents. You can bring the whole family.

“We will have games and drawing set up and there is an enclosed area for the kids to play in while adults get their hair cut. There will also be staff to help supervise – so it will be a very safe environment.”

Qualified hairdressers will perform the haircuts at Wimmera Wellbeing Centre in Urquhart Street on January 6 and 7, between 9am and 5pm.

Mrs Purcell said further dates would be announced depending on demand.

Bookings are essential and people can register by emailing or calling Mrs Purcell on 5362 4000.

Mrs Purcell encouraged participants to check out the Wimmera Wellbeing Centre and what it had to offer. 

The centre aims to provide a welcome space where children, young people and adults can participate in groups and programs in an informal atmosphere, with a focus on improving mental health, wellbeing and family support.

“The centre has had a big revamp and we run lots of programs from there,” Mrs Purcell said. 

“It’s a great space and it’s available for anyone in the community to use.”

People can search Wimmera Wellbeing Centre on Facebook or call 5362 4000 during office hours for more information. 

– Sarah Matthews

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