We’re celebrating one year for our social enterprise Nail Bar! We have a lot to celebrate, too, as we go from strength to strength and offer more activities for The Shine Project.
In January, Hannah began working as a Young People’s and Community Engagement worker at the nail bar and here she writes about some of the highlights from the first six months…
It’s been an exciting time at The Shine Nail Bar as we’ve started to focus more time on engaging with young people and getting stuck into the local community. Back in February we ran our first ever Work Experience taster morning, with six girls from local high schools learning a bit of nail anatomy and painting some of their own designs! Since then we’ve run 4 more taster mornings, and in June had 4 students join us for their Year 10 Work Experience. The girls did a fab job and we’re already booked up with more girls to come in next year!
We also had a fun bank holiday Friday in Easter with girls stopping by to hang out, chat, paint nails, and play games which gave us the idea for the Summer Drop Ins we ran over summer. We love having girls in the Nail Bar more regularly and we’re excited about running more Drop Ins this year.
One girl, Tyler* comes in every week to hang out and help around the salon. It’s great to have girls like her in the Nail Bar where we can encourage them and teach them new skills. I asked Chloe* to write a little bit about what she likes about the Nail Bar and she said, ‘I like to hang around the Shine Nail Bar as it’s a friendly and welcome place, filled with, in my case, familiar faces. In the Shine Nail Bar it doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, the people in Shine Nail Bar will always welcome you with a smile and positive attitude.’ It’s just great that we’ve been able to engage with so many girls already and we’re looking forward to seeing many more through work placements, taster sessions, and drop ins!