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students, were approached by The Robins
, a group of volunteers at St Woolos, to visit the hospital to cut and style patients’ hair.
The students jumped at the opportunity and set up a make-shift salon on the ward, and the first salon session saw 19 patients in one afternoon.
The salon was so well received by patients it has now become a monthly event, with the students setting up their salon every first Tuesday of the month.
Patient, Jane Rowell said: “I’m so happy with my hair. I think it is a brilliant idea and I’m amazed that it’s a voluntary service.”
Volunteering at St Woolos has also helped students to develop their practical experience in a working environment, and improve their communication skills when working with clients.
Second year student, Joe Payne said: “I was worried and a little nervous at first but really wanted to volunteer. It’s about getting experience and meeting the patients - they’re all so lovely and I’ve really enjoyed it.”