A Dublin barber is fundraising in the hope of realising her dream of opening a sensory barbershop, all designed to help those with additional needs.
Emma Doyle is a barber, and a mum of five children, one of which has Asperger’s Syndrome. Emma explained that she knows the challenges that can arise for children and adults with additional needs when it comes to receiving a haircut.
“For a person with additional needs, like autism, who often struggle with the environment of a regular barbers, the noises, small spaces, bright lighting, and fast pace can just be so overwhelming and too much to take,” Said Emma.
“And as for wheelchair users in Dublin, trying to find a barbershop that they can access freely, well, it is nearly impossible.”
In order to open her specially designed barbershop, Emma has set up a Go Fund Me page with the hope that she can create a calming space, with adjustments that can make the process of a haircut totally different for clients. Emma says she hopes to raise enough funds to open a fully equipped sensory sensitive and wheelchair-accessible business.
“I know that it would really make a difference to so many,” she says. “I personally understand what a shop like this would mean to people and their lives, and I fully understand the care and patience that will be needed for this venture.”
To help Emma out with her fundraising, you can donate here.