Beauty Boosts Charity Funds

Charitable funds are set to receive a beauty boost this Christmas following the efforts of the NVQ Level 3 Hair & Beauty students from Neath Port Talbot College Group.  Each year the Hair & Beauty department, based at the Colleges’s Afan Campus, hold a “Beauty Therapist Challenge” which is aimed at developing the students’ enterprise skills.  The students are tasked with setting up their own beauty businesses including branding, product development, marketing and sales.  Ty Olwen was chosen as one of the Chaities to benefit from the venture.

The challenge took place over four weeks with the students selling products and offering treatments at various venues across the authority.  The students also visited Ty Olwen and local nursing homes to offer the patients and residents some pampering.  Raffles and donations were also organised resulting in £1,237 being raised.

Juliana Thomas, Deputy Head of Hairdressing and Applied Therapies, explains:  “Each year we set this challenge for our students and each year we are overwhelmed by how hard they work to raise as much money as they can for their chosen charities.  The students gain hands-on experience at running thier own business and all the hard work and planning that entails, but the biggest benefits they get are life skills.  Through visiting places such as Ty Olwen and working with the patients the students develop skills that would be difficult to teach in the classroom.”

Pictured are Juliana Thomas and Claire Richardson from Neath Port Talbot College Group’s Hair and Beauty Department presenting a cheque to Ty Olwen’s President, Mrs. Margaret Bartlett.

Thanking the students for their efforts, Mrs. Bartlett said, ” Without this kind of fundraising Ty Olwen would not be able to deliver the services that the patients and their families greatly rely on.  It was a pleasure to have the students from the Neath Port Talbot College Group visit the Unit and we are extremely grateful to them for all their hard work in raising such a magnificent sum.”

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