Walkabout Barber returns to help locals face up to trauma

A service dedicated to quality haircuts and healing, the Walkabout Barber will return to the Northern Tablelands next week to help Ashford, Tenterfield and Glen Innes locals face their trauma.

The revolutionary mobile barber service received high praise when it visited Inverell, Tingha and Armidale in January. Free hearing and dental checks will also be available. 

It is the brainchild of Indigenous trauma recovery specialist Brian Dowd, who has 16 years of experience in social and emotional well-being.

"Everybody seemed to love it, especially his workshop (on trauma)," Armajun Aboriginal Health Service program manager James Sheather said.

He said Brian "really connected with people" when he spoke in his people's native tongue. 

With his son on the autism spectrum, Brian discovered that due to sensory issues, hair cuts could be difficult, and even traumatic for both his son and family.

He opened his first barbershop in Newcastle in an attempt to desensitise the boy's fear of haircuts, and in doing so opened a space for others dealing with similar concerns.

Walkabout Barber aims to give men and youth the opportunity to sit in a chair, receive a fresh hair cut, connect and talk about healing, hope and happiness.

The unique barbershop will stop by 25 Albury Street, Ashford on Monday April 15, 141 High Street, Tenterfield on Tuesday, April 16 and 181 Lang Street, Glen Innes on Wednesday, April 17; 9am-4.30pm.

Armajun hopes to bring Brian back to Tingha in May for a more in depth workshop designed to give locals the tools and techniques necessary for dealing with grief and loss.

For more information on the Walkabout Barber, call Armajun on 6721 977.

This story Healing with a haircut: Walkabout Barber returns to New England first appeared on Glen Innes Examiner.

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