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Bracknell students pamper local care workers

Beauty therapy students from Bracknell and Wokingham College took part in a pamper evening on Thursday 26 May to thank some of our local carers for all their hard work during the pandemic. 

The students welcomed three members of staff from local care home Bickerton House into Harmony Salon at the college on Church Road. 

The care workers were treated to a facial which included a cleansing, exfoliating, toner, skin type analysis, face, neck and shoulder massage and a face mask. The students also gave each of their clients advice on how to look after their skin after the treatment. 

The event was initiated by Dawn Hoskins, Business Engagement Specialist at Activate Learning, who contacted the care home to see if the college could work with Bickerton House. She arranged a pamper evening for their care workers to thank them for all their work in challenging circumstances during the pandemic. 

It also provided an opportunity for the students to gain some valuable experience performing treatments with members of the public, which was unable to take place during the lockdown periods during the pandemic. The pamper evening was another example of how Activate Learning works closely with the local communities that we serve. 

The college is also looking at arranging work experience opportunities at Bickerton House for the beauty therapy students as they have their own hair and beauty salon on-site, and putting on a pamper evening for the residents.   

Mia Humphries is studying a Beauty Therapy Level 2 Diploma at Bracknell and Wokingham College. 

She said: “I wanted to help with the pamper evening because I thought that it would be a nice thing to do for our local care workers who do a lot for elderly people, and I thought that it would be nice to give them something back. 

“I enjoyed it and it also boosted my confidence. I did a facial and before I wasn’t very confident with facials but taking part in the pamper evening helped me to feel more confident.” 

Nikki Hutchings, Beauty Therapy Lecturer at Activate Learning, said:

“Holding a pamper evening is our way of saying thank you to the care workers at Bickerton House, for all their hard work during the pandemic and beyond. 

“We hope to work with them more in the future to provide work experience opportunities for our beauty therapy students and do more events such as a pamper evening for the residents.” 

Our Hair and Beauty Salons are pure pampering, with in-depth consultations by highly experienced stylists, indulgent head massages and complimentary refreshments on offer to ensure you leave our salons looking and feeling fantastic. We offer a complete service at our commercial, graduate salon. This includes a full consultation prior to your required hairdressing service. We only use Wella SP styling products, shampoos, conditioners and colours. We also offer specialised hair treatments for various hair and scalp conditions.  

Whether you want a complete makeover, a new hairstyle or just to feel refreshed and pampered, we would love to help you! Visit us and enjoy leading stylist expertise and a range of premium quality beauty treatments at great prices. You can buy gift vouchers for family and friends to exchange for treatments or products. 

Discover our beauty therapy courses or contact us on 0800 612 6008. Find out about booking a hairdressing or beauty treatment at Harmony Hair and Beauty Salon at Bracknell and Wokingham College

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