Getting a makeover
A day of pampering
By CSV Action's Natalie Wint
On Monday, March 3, a number of students from Henley College gave up their time to support some mothers and ladies experiencing relationship and accommodation difficulties by offering them a lush pampering session.
On a beautiful spring afternoon, we entered the salon, group at a time, and the therapist on reception warmly greeted us.
I could sense a nervous excitement in the waiting room, which is understandable – a thought of being pampered for a few hours, can seem pretty far removed from their experience. Rosie King, CSV Action Producer, and I were so happy to be there, and planning a Health Spa Break in our heads!
The afternoon started with most of the ladies having their hair washed and blow dried. The students were so hospitable – resounding sounds of, "just checking the water is ok for you madam", and "are you feeling comfortable?", added to the lively atmosphere in the salon.
Natalie having her nails done
The ladies became more and more zoned – the students giving head massages to the ladies while hair washing. I imagine troubles for those moments are eased – amazing for temple relief. Kerry Bedford, Salon Manager, told me that the apprentice students were in the early days in working with clients, so for them to seeing the ladies visibly relaxed is especially rewarding.
Support Worker Rachel Farthing, along with colleague Fiona, brought the ladies to the pampering session and were really impressed. She told me: "The students are doing well and are improving their learning by volunteering. It’s great to see students achieving things in their spare time."
Facials and manicures
After this, we were led through to the therapetix parlour, where a range of treatments were on offer - including facials, manicures and pedicures. A couple of the ladies mentioned how fantastic they felt after their facials – lots of special oils and hot towels – sweltering, but so good for your skin!
One of the pamperees told me: "The session was just lovely. It is rare to have the chance to have time away from the children spend a little time on yourself."
The pan-piped music in the background meant our ladies really could lose themselves for an hour while they were being looked after.
Manicures were also an option for our ladies. Sue told me: "I don’t want my nails to be spoilt by me cooking tea tonight; i'm going to be extra careful!"
A great job
Her nails were treated to help them to grow healthier. As there were extra therapists available, I too had my nails done – Jackie my therapist did a great job – I just had clear paint on them though – I’m not very adventurous!
Kindly, a therapist offered the chance for one of our ladies to return for a cut – delighted, she accepted and will be back next week! The great thing about volunteering is that with a little time, students can continue to build their skills while really making a difference to members of the community – even if just for the afternoon, it’s an experience the women really valued.
last updated: 19/03/2008 at 13:37