Feel Good Sessions for Student and Staff Carers Benefits Community

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20 February 2024

Level 2 Beauty Therapy students with Lecturer Lisa O'Donnell

Beauty students at South Eastern Regional College (SERC) are offering wellbeing treatments to student and staff with caring responsibilities in a win-win initiative that is set to benefit local foodbanks.  

In collaboration with the College’s HR team Mind Yourself programme, the students gain valuable project-based learning (PBL) including experience of delivering treatments, promotion, and scheduling appointments.   

Maureen McKay, HR Business Partner said, “We are pleased to be working in collaboration with the beauty departments in Bangor, Downpatrick and Lisburn Campuses for the Feel-Good PBL beauty event, which will offer treatments such as mini facials with neck and shoulder massages and hand and arm massages to student and staff carers.  Following treatments, participants availed of refreshments in the Relaxation Room.”  

The first session took place on Thursday 1 February in Downpatrick Campus hosted by Level 2 Beauty Therapy students (above).   Participants were asked to make a £3 payment or donate a dry food item for the local foodbank on the day.  

Additional events are scheduled for:  

Bangor Campus 10.00am – 1.00pm on 20 FebruaryTreatments offered will include facials, mini manicures, and gel polish in the salons on the D Floor.  If you are availing of the nail treatments, please ensure all gel and nail polish is removed and minimal makeup is worn if you are having a facial. Payment on the day will be £3 for one treatment and £5 for two treatments (please remember that if you are booking two treatments, there is a 45-minute difference from your first treatment). Students are also collecting for Street Paws (a charity vets for the homeless pets in Belfast), where you can donate food and blankets. There will also be a raffle with the money being donated to Street Paws too. To book your treatment(s) click here.

Lisburn Campus 1.00pm – 4.00pm on 26 February  Treatments offered will include mini facials, file and polish, hand and arm massages in Lisburn’s Beauty salon. Donations are welcome on the day to support the students’ chosen charity. To book an appointment call into the Beauty Salon in the Lisburn campus or email the following members of staff with your preferred treatment:

Fiona Stephenson – fstephenson@serc.ac.uk
Lisa McCormick Baxter –   lmccormickbaxter@ser.ac.uk
Lynn Spiers – lspiers@serc.ac.uk    

Pictured above: Level 2 Beauty Therapy students who delivered treatments to student and staff carers as part of the Feel Good PBL event in collaboration with SERC’s Mind Yourself programme.   (Back L – R) Cora Smyth, Michelle Kelly, Laura Girvan, Ruta Andriulionyte, Anne Jenkinson, Abbie Baxter, Erin Murray, Amy Carroll, Amber McClean, Rhianna Evans, with Lecturer Lisa O'Donnell and (front L-R)  Ellie Cunningham, Brenna Flynn, Cora Dornan and Toni Reid.