Don't let COVID-19 shut down Open Barbers

What is Open Barbers

Open Barbers  is a hairdressing service in London that welcomes people of all/no genders and sexualities, with any hair length and type. As a not-for-profit social enterprise, their prices are on a sliding scale, where customers can pay what they can afford starting at £2.

Why London needs Open Barbers

Open Barbers provides a safe space for LGBTQ+ people to spend time in as well as getting their hair cut. For some members of the community, it's the only safe space they can access at all. 

I've been going to Open Barbers to get my hair cut for the last five years. As a queer, non-binary person who is a charity worker, I have been on a low salary for the majority of that time. Before Open Barbers, I couldn't afford a haircut that helped me to feel comfortable in my own skin and I didn't feel welcome at mainstream hairdressers. 

We need your help

Because of the COVID-19/ coronavirus pandemic some staff are needing to self isolate and increasing numbers of clients are cancelling appointments. They are preparing to have to close as government guidance develops. 

Open Barbers' insurance company have confirmed that there is an exception for pandemics and so will not accept a claim, and their local authority landlord have not yet confirmed if Open Barbers will need to cover full rent payments throughout the pandemic.

The estimated cost of full closure is £10,000 per month. This amount allows Open Barbers to pay their freelancers their usual working hours throughout.

This service is vital for so many LGBTQ+ people in London and the team are some of the most hard working people I've known who truly care about their customers and their community.  

If you are able to, please support Open Barbers to get through this uncertain time for small businesses and social enterprises. 

Thank you so much and take care.

Donations ()

  • Sarah Shattock 
    • £10 
    • 38 mins
  • Carys Deacon 
    • £5 
    • 7 hrs
  • Anonymous 
    • £10 
    • 12 hrs
  • Anonymous 
    • £100 
    • 15 hrs
  • EVA Nelson 
    • £20 
    • 16 hrs
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Organizer and beneficiary

Dillon Michelis 
Organizer
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
Greygory Vass 
Beneficiary
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