Derby beauty salon creates "safe space" for people who need emotional refuge during Covid-19
Lunula Nails & Beauty in Derby has converted its beauty salon into a temporary safe space for people in the local community needing emotional refuge during the second coronavirus lockdown.
The salon is offering 30-minute long Escape Sessions to support those who need a safe space to emotionally and mentally recharge, with customers able to sit on a sanitised, socially distanced heated couch with low lighting, relaxing music and essential oils burning.
Someone will also be present to be a non-judgemental, confidential ear, with services available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am–2pm.
“If we learned anything from the previous Covid-19 lockdown, it is the need to provide a community of sorts to support each other during this time. I can’t sit here and do nothing,” said owner Alicia Clough.
“I want to use my platform to demonstrate that if you think outside of the box [then] there is a solution to everything, despite the external challenges. I’m probably one of the safest environments for people to visit – meticulous preparation to safeguard everyone from the virus is in place."
The initiative has won the support of local MP Amanda Solloway, as well as other business owners, offering an opportunity for them to maximise on their services and support the local community despite the current national restrictions.
The salon is asking people to donate what they can spare to help the initiative, with all funds going towards keeping the safe space available and operational for those who need it. Lunula Nails & Beauty is also providing mental health support groups, bake sales, meditation and mindfulness support groups, and breakfast clubs.
A full breakdown of available services can be found on the Lunula Nails & Beauty Instagram and Lunula Nails & Beauty Facebook page.
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