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Danielle Hannah - Westfield Local Heroes 2020

Dignity through haircuts

*Jack Reed Foundation *
Compassionate. Positive. Hardworking.

Danielle Hannah is using her barber skills to give homeless people dignity through a haircut.

Each year the busy mother of two provides free haircuts for more than 1000 people through the non-profit she co-founded, the Jack Reed Foundation.

Danielle and her volunteers head out into the community with a trailer that has a retro barbershop feel and is designed to ensure homeless people receive quality haircuts.

The volunteers also regularly provide haircuts to people in psychiatric wards who have limited opportunity to access such a service.

Danielle’s latest “ambitious yet simple” idea is to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people by offering them barber apprenticeships.

She plans to open a series of non-profit Barbershops made from shipping containers where they can receive on-site training.

Danielle has sourced her first donated container and is reaching out to potential apprentices through the local Police Citizen Youth Club.

“I believe in the ability of people to turn their lives around, and I am passionate about our youth, who are our future,” she says.

“We are dedicated to helping people restore their sense of dignity and finding pathways to making transformational change in their lives.”

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. The Jack Reed Foundation will use its grant to fit out its first shipping container as a pop-up barbershop.

For further information on the Westfield Local Heroes program, click here

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