A NEW community facility in Jarrow town centre is a cut above the rest –after taking people out of the dole queue.
Backed by Government funding, Jarrow Community Association has just opened a new hairdressing salon, called Cut ‘n’ Edge.
People are flocking to the new salon, which has created three new jobs.
Centre manager Lesley Jones said: “We wanted a facility where some of our regulars could enjoy our activities and have their hair done at the same time.
“We discovered there was Government support available, if we took on people who have been unemployed for more than six months.
“Cut ‘n’ Edge is now up and running, and three people were taken off the dole to run the salon.” Qualified hairdressers Kayleigh Dunn and Natalie Kelly run the salon, with the help of apprentice Kelly Phillips.
Ms Jones added: “The prices at the salon are all competitive, and we’re delighted to have both launched a useful community resource and created new jobs at the same time.
“The girls in the salon have distributed leaflets to let people know about the service.
“It was initially for centre users but we have now opened it to members of the local community.”
People of all ages are now using the salon, which is also open to men and boys.
Cut ‘n’ Edge is open between 10am and 3pm on Wednesday and Thursday and from 9.30am until 4.30pm on Friday and Saturday.
For more details, call Jarrow CA, in Cambrian Street, on 489 4100.