Lions Barber Collective

The Lions Barber Collective

DCBMC are proud to support The Lions Barber Collective, an international collection of top barbers who have come together to help to raise awareness of suicide and depression in young men and women.

Formed by Devon barber Tom Chapman after one of his friends committed suicide, the Collective aims to be a helpful point of call for young men and women to talk about depression and subjects that they may find difficult to breach elsewhere. Tom hopes that the friendly and comforting environment of barber shops will allow the Collective to help.

“People tend to tell you their problems and you get to know about their families and their lives” said Tom. “We can work on the trust we already have and let the person know it is ok to talk to us. We can then advise them to go onto the next level [of care].”

“We’re developing BarberTalk, which is bespoke training for barbers on how to recognise, talk, listen, and advise their clients. We’re not trying to make people into councillors; we’re just trying to help people recognise the problem and getting people to open up. A barber shop is a place of trust.”

Collective members donate their time to attend barbering shows and related events, demonstrating their skills and raising awareness about the mission of BarberTalk. They also support the charities PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide) and Pieta House: Suicide and Self Harm Crisis Centre.

The Lions Barber Collective will once again be represented by Graham Miles of South West Beard Club, and we’re hoping that Tom Chapman will be able to come along too. Do go and see the Lions stand for more information about this fantastic organisation, and buy merchandise to help them with funding for BarberTalk training and supporting their charities.

Charities

We are very pleased to once again be fundraising for the much appreciated and totally vital services of the Devon Air Ambulance and Cornwall Air Ambulance.

These essential services are completely independent of Government funding. It costs around £4.5 million each year to keep the Devon helicopters flying, and the Cornwall service costs around £2.5 million per year to run. If everyone in Devon and Cornwall donated just 1p per day every day, that would pay for the services for the whole of the year. Only 1p a day!

Between them the services assist around 1500 patients per year, reaching the whole of both counties within 15 minutes. Patients are taken to the most suitable medical centre for their needs (not just the closest) – so sometimes that means flying all the way to Bristol Children’s Hospital and even specialists in London.

Without the Devon and Cornwall Air Ambulances, there’s a lot of people who wouldn’t be around or would be in a life-changing situation – including one of Mr & Mrs DCBMC’s friends and one of The Blind Pig’s customers. Only last year, a Handlebar Club member was picked up by Devon Air Ambulance after he had an argument with his motorcycle in the middle of nowhere in Cornwall – yes, the services know no borders!

So buy tickets, come along, buy merchandise, try your luck on the raffle, and dig deep in your pockets for these invaluable local services.

1p a day!

The Lions Barber Collective

DCBMC are proud to support The Lions Barber Collective, an international collection of top barbers who have come together to help to raise awareness of suicide and depression in young men and women.

Formed by Devon barber Tom Chapman after one of his friends committed suicide, the Collective aims to be a helpful point of call for young men and women to talk about depression and subjects that they may find difficult to breach elsewhere. Tom hopes that the friendly and comforting environment of barber shops will allow the Collective to help.

“People tend to tell you their problems and you get to know about their families and their lives” said Tom. “We can work on the trust we already have and let the person know it is ok to talk to us. We can then advise them to go onto the next level [of care].”

“We’re developing BarberTalk, which is bespoke training for barbers on how to recognise, talk, listen, and advise their clients. We’re not trying to make people into councillors; we’re just trying to help people recognise the problem and getting people to open up. A barber shop is a place of trust.”

Collective members donate their time to attend barbering shows and related events, demonstrating their skills and raising awareness about the mission of BarberTalk. They also support the charities PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide) and Pieta House: Suicide and Self Harm Crisis Centre.

The Lions Barber Collective will be represented at DCBMC 2016 by Graham Miles of South West Beard Club. Do go and see him for more information about this fantastic organisation, and buy merchandise to help them with funding for BarberTalk training and supporting their charities.

We raised almost £1000 – thank you so much!

Thank you everyone for coming and making it such a great day – we raised £987.48!

A special shout-out to:
Fantastic Ms Fanny
Betty Boom Boom
Ian Rockett (PA)
Nik, Colin & Vicky (Raffle & Merchandise)
Michael & Kay Wallage (Hotel Liaison & Cheerleading)
The Duke of Cornwall Hotel

Plus all our sponsors and raffle prize providers, and most importantly – all the wonderful and generous competitors and spectators. Look forward to seeing you all again next time!

Judge: Paul Ford

Paul FordPaul volunteers for the Cornwall Air Ambulance, one of our chosen charities. In his own words…

I used to run a successful retail security business in Wiltshire, and was a Trustee with Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

I moved with my wife to Cornwall in 2013, and now volunteer for the Cornwall Air Ambulance and the RSPCA.

I enjoy travel, theatre, fine dining, dog walking and am a member of CAMRA.

Judge: Tony Cannon

Tony Cannon, Devon Air Ambulance TrustTony volunteers for the Devon Air Ambulance, one of our chosen charities. In his own words…

Since retiring from the hospitality industry over 3 years ago, I have been volunteering for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. In this role, I attend events such as agricultural shows, give talks to local organisations including schools and also look after some of the red collection boxes in the Ivybridge area.

I am originally from London but have lived in the South West for over 25 years. My mother’s family originate from Plymouth and she was brought up in Meavy, so I like to think I qualify as a ‘half-local’!

I thoroughly enjoy meeting a variety of people in the community and telling them about the vital service that the Devon Air Ambulance provides. Whilst we all hope we won’t have to use the service, it is very reassuring to know that it is available.