THE signs are right for business success for a young deaf woman from South Tyneside.
Teenage entrepreneur Megan Riseborough is set to launch a hairdressing business with a difference, catering for customers with hearing difficulties.
The 18-year-old’s business dreams were supported by staff and students at South Tyneside College, which organised deaf awareness lessons for profoundly deaf Megan.
This persuaded the previously shy college hairdressing student to make her business dream a reality.
Megan’s growing confidence gave her the idea of advertising her hairdressing service as ‘Megan Jane.’
She is expected to pass her Level 3 advanced hairdressing course in June, before starting a Level 3 one-year barbering course, while also developing her business, including printing business cards and developing a Facebook page.
Miss Riseborough, of Sinclair Meadows, South Shields, said: “Now I am almost qualified and I would like to offer my hairdressing to the deaf community.
“I know how difficult it can be for someone who is deaf to communicate what it is they want.”
She added: “I already go to my friends’ homes and do their hair and I’m really looking forward to setting up my business.
“I was nervous when I started at the college but I am much more confident now. The support I have had has been great – it has made me a lot more confident and has put me in an excellent position for the future.” The support provided by South Tyneside College proved crucial to the teenage entrepreneur, who was bullied as a child because of her hearing difficulties.
Megan Jane will offer cuts and styles to others with hearing difficulties, after other deaf people often expressed dissatisfaction with their experiences in the hairdresser’s chair.
Miss Riseborough has received sterling support from the borough college’s full-time communications support worker and qualified signer Sandra Charlton, who works to ensure that any student with hearing difficulties receives extra help.
This support included included encouraging Miss Riseborough to mix with other students during break times, to break down barriers and boost her self-esteem.