Shrewsbury salon encourages businesses to become safe and inclusive spaces – In Your Area

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Meraki Hair and Beauty took part in trans awareness and inclusivity training and hopes other local businesses will follow their lead.
From left to right – Miranda Etheridge, Jade Beckwith, Sarah Morris, and Lisa Hughes at Meraki Hair & Beauty. Photo: Birgitta Zoutman Photography
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A local hair and beauty salon recently took part in trans awareness and inclusivity training to ensure they offer services which are inclusive to all.
Meraki Hair and Beauty is run by Sarah Morris who hopes other businesses in Shrewsbury, Shropshire will follow their lead and help make the town an inclusive and welcoming place to the LGBTQ+ community.
Other businesses in The Parade Shops, where the salon is based, are already keen to follow suit and look at how they can become a safe and inclusive setting.
The training was run by The Beauty Guru, Sam Marshall and the founder of Hair Has No Gender, Keri Blue.
Keri is on a mission to teach those working in the hair and beauty industry to create spaces where people can have hair and beauty treatments to help them look how they feel.
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Sarah Morris said: “We have always considered ourselves to be an inclusive salon where everyone is welcome.
“Sam and Keri’s training highlighted that sometimes assuming that everyone knows you are inclusive isn’t enough, which is why we have decided to take steps to make sure we are doing what we can to let everyone know.”
The team have added an inclusivity statement on their website which sits alongside their treatment list, as well as adding stickers to the salons windows to indicate they are LGBTQ+ friendly.
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