College students help bring the fairy tale to life

Posted: 07-05-2019 - 182 view(s)

Hair and beauty students at Stockton Riverside College are working together to help offer school leavers their very own Cinderella moment.

In the run up to prom season, students, staff and friends of the college have been donating dresses and suits to give to youngsters in the community in need of a helping hand.

To help complete the look the college students are also volunteering their time and skills to deliver a range of hair, makeup and nail services.

“The cost of prom has rocketed in recent years making it increasingly difficult for many families,” said Nicola Templeman, the college’s programme area leader for hairdressing and beauty.

“We realised this is a way that we can help to ease the pressure on families who maybe struggling, while still giving youngsters the chance to enjoy the full prom experience.”

With hairdressing, beauty, barbering, and nail services students coming to the end of the academic year at the college, Nicola said: “Our students have the skills to help create the prom look.

“This is a fantastic way that they can use what they have learnt to give something back to the local community while also getting real hands-on experience.”

Among those sharing her expertise will be hairdressing student Dion Robertson, 18. She said: “It’s nice to be able to practise our skills in a way that helps those who may be less fortunate and wouldn’t otherwise be able to experience.”

Beauty lecturer Zara Kane added: “We are in a position to be able to help provide that experience to young people who otherwise might miss out.”

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