Ta Da! Taking a fresh approach to community support

A new beauty room has opened at Banbury Community Support Service (CSS), codesigned by the adults that attend the centre to help support their wellbeing.

Ta Da! is located at Oxfordshire County Council’s CSS in Neithrop and comes shortly after Cheers M’Dears bar was opened at the service in the summer.

Jennifer Farrell, Manager of Banbury CSS, said: “The way we deliver social care is changing and we’re always looking for new and innovative ways to improve how we do things for the people we support.

“After the success of Cheers M’Dears pub room, we once again asked the people who use our service how we could do things differently to really support their wellbeing.

“And ‘Ta Da!’ – the beauty room became our next project!”

As with the development of Cheers M’Dears, the reimagined space at Banbury CSS (formerly called the Redlands Centre) has been fitted out with equipment donated from local businesses, as well as funding from the Friends of Redlands charity.

Jennifer continued:We support many people living with Dementia and having a pamper treatment allows them to be calm, relaxed and enjoy talking about the ‘good old times’.

“Many people we support are not able to go to a traditional beauty salon. Ta Da! will be a place of calmness, fully equipped to give the adults we support the chance to experience the real therapeutic benefits of a beauty treatment.”

Banbury CSS is working with local hair and beauty colleges to connect with students and offer them the chance to use the facilities and offer treatments. Beauticians are also being invited to hire out the space for their own business, bringing money back into the Friends of Redlands charity.

Councillor Tim Bearder, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “The team at Banbury CSS has done it again! By listening to the people they support and thinking innovatively, they are bringing new opportunities to people’s lives.

 "It is particularly pleasing to see how the community has come together to get behind this project and how the Friends of Redlands Charity continues to support the wonderful work being done at the centre.”

Anyone wishing to hire out the beauty room can email jennifer.farrell@oxfordshire.gov.uk for further details.

Watch a video about Ta Da! pamper room on our YouTube channel.

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