Acharity has turned an empty room into a place to enjoy luxury beauty therapy treatments.
Staff and customers from disability charity, Scope, transformed the room at Frodsham Business Centre into a facility equipped with a mobile hoist and an occupational beauty therapy bed for disabled customers and members of the public to use.
Scope also got funding from West Cheshire College so that support worker Deirdre Gelling could attain NVQ level 2 Beauty Therapy, along with colleague Beverley Hannon. This enabled the charity to extend beauty therapy and health and wellbeing sessions to many more people.
The service has been available to Scope customers since early March and such has been the initial success that it is now opening its doors to the public.
Howard Davies, team co-ordinator for Scope, said: “The beauty treatments have been a fantastic therapy for our disabled customers and the salon is making a positive difference to their mental and physical wellbeing.
“Now we want to open up our treatments to the public and let everyone come and enjoy the service, whether they are able bodied or disabled.”
Salon customer, Susan Greenwood, said: “I have cerebral palsy, which means I have very little use of my arms and legs but I don't let this stop me and I take pride in my appearance, which is why I love the salon so much.”
Scope has already had a day centre based at Frodsham Business Centre for 12 years offering customers aged 18 to 65, who live in supported housing schemes in Runcorn and Widnes, a place to try a range of social, educational and leisure activities including pottery, IT, and cookery.
“When the opportunity to use the empty space within our day centre at Frodsham Business Centre came up, it was too good an opportunity to miss,” said Howard.
“Having had a facility there for 12 years we already knew it had great accessibility and it was the perfect extension to our services already based there.
“The new facility will provide a warm and friendly environment for people to relax and enjoy whatever treatments they fancy and I really hope it will encourage new people to come along and visit us.”