We are very pleased to once again support The Lions Barber Collective, and in turn have them supporting DCBMC. Through their Fit for Vikings ‘Lion’ grooming products, they are sponsoring our new secret category (ooh!), and Chair of the Board of Trustees Kris Paver is one of our judges. Visit the Lions stand on the day to find out about their amazing work, and read a little about them right now…
The Lions Barber Collective was founded by Torquay-based hair-stylist and barber, Tom Chapman, following personal experience of knowing a young man who had taken his own life.
With suicide amongst men, especially young ones, on the rise, it aims to provide information and training about mental health and create space for men to be able to discuss mental health concerns in an informal, supportive environment.
Monthly Lions Walks, which take place on the first Sunday of the month and Lions Dens, which are held in barbershops and salons on the last Friday of the month, are the principal activities promoted by the Collective. It also provides training to barbers in how to recognise signs of suicidal thoughts, depression, self-harm or mental health issues, as well as giving presentations to schools and other organisations.
What started as a local initiative is now a global movement, with supporters in many countries.
I’m Kris Paver, a Devonian born and bred! I have been a committed beard-wearer for over 25 years.
For most of those years the beard has been kept short and trim due to my professional life, but over the last few years I have let it grow!
It was while keeping the beard in good shape that I got to know the indefatigable Tom Chapman, the power behind the Lions Barber Collective, of which I am the Chair of the Board of Trustees. I am also proud to be the Principal Ambassador for Fit for Vikings beard products, a member of the South West Beard Club and a Bearded Villain.