Fringe benefits as Tomorrow’s Women provides hair opportunity with Realise 


A charity which supports women across Wirral, Chester and West Cheshire has partnered with one of the UK’s leading training providers to offer females the chance to have a brush with qualifying for a career in hairdressing.

About Tomorrow’s Women

Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, based in Beckwith Street East in Birkenhead, has partnered with Realise – which has a contract to deliver adult education courses across Liverpool City Region – to stage introductory sessions to the hair industry. 

Tomorrow’s Women aims to support any women over the age of 18 across a range of services to make positive lifestyle choices, as well as helping with issues including emotional wellbeing, domestic abuse, substance misuse, poverty and social inclusion. 

How our partnership can help women

The qualifications that the women have achieved are VTCT Level 1 awards in hair and beauty, plaiting and twisting hair and styling women’s hair and VTCT Level 2 awards in creating an image based on a theme in the hair and beauty sector and infection prevention for hairdressing and barbering services. 

Karen Horner, Operations manager at Tomorrow’s Women, said:

 “The partnership with Realise has been a huge success and everyone who has completed the courses have got a huge amount out of it. 

“One of the most heart-warming aspects was when the women each brought in a member of their family at the end of the course to act as models and show their loved ones what they had learned. 

“Many of the women who have completed the first qualifications are seeking opportunities to progress further with their hair education and a few have secured the chance to volunteer in salons. 

“It’s something which has really captured the imagination of our users and has the potential to be a life-changing project and set them on the road to a new career.” 

Natalie McDermott, Hair trainer at Realise, said:

 “It’s been a real pleasure to watch the women take their first steps on the road to becoming qualified hairdressers. 

“We’ve had some fantastic stories from our learners from Tomorrow’s Women, including one who suffered with ADHD and was incredibly anxious about attending the course but who loved every second and really flourished and is now seeking further opportunities. 

“We also have a number of women who already have secured, or are very close to securing, placements so it’s been incredibly invaluable for them and incredibly awarding for the women. 

“We look forward to continue working with Tomorrow’s Women and similar centres in the region to continue to make a real difference.” 

Realise provides, education and employment services to more than 7,000 learners and thousands of employers across the UK every year. 

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