Wheelchair and autism friendly Yeovil barbers Man About Town relocates to town centre spot

A Yeovil wheelchair and autism friendly barber shop has recently relocated to a new prominent town centre site.

Man About Town barbers has moved from the Lynx Trading Estate to the Silver Street entrance of the Quedam Shopping Centre, below Starbucks café.

Chris Sansom, owner of Man About Town, says he is passionate about helping people with autism and wants to carry on the fundraising he has been involved with since opening the store less than 12 months ago.

Chris Sansom, of Man About Town barbers, trimming Callum Bowyer's (13) hair. Chris Sansom, of Man About Town barbers, trimming Callum Bowyer’s (13) hair. (Image: Nigel Andrews)

He said: “As well as making sure we give the best mens haircuts in town, we regularly support the Autism Assemble charity and hold events dedicated to those with autism.

“These individuals face difficulty in having their hair cut, it’s a very sensory process and they experience it very differently to the vast majority of us who take the process for granted.

“The new shop will have a dedicated wheelchair cutting station and will allow customers to benefit from bespoke appointment requirements to suit any additional needs.

“There will also be a disabled parking bay immediately outside the unit, which will be private from the main shop setting.”

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Mr Sansom said that he is looking forward to bringing Man About Town’s services to the town centre, and also said that he is currently recruiting for staff members to join the team at the new store.

When the barber shop first opened in April 2017, he donated all the profits from his first day of trading to charity Autism Barbers Assemble, and regularly holds charity days to help autistic children and their families get a haircut.

He explained: “The charity aims to break the stigma of autism by raising awareness.

“Part of my support for the charity will see me offering regular days throughout the year dedicated to only autistic children getting a haircut and giving families a chance to come somewhere where they are not judged or classed as ‘difficult’.

“These days will provide a tailored environment to support children with autism and their families getting the child’s haircut.

“This is a task that, to the general public, is taken for granted but for those with autism it can be very traumatic – things like hair touching the skin, seeing sharp scissors or vibrations can make a child go into meltdown.”

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Jonathan Ratnage, Investment Manager at Benson Elliot said: “We are delighted that Man About Town has joined us at the Quedam Centre.

“They will add another unique service destination to the centre, along with Boswells Café and Anytime Fitness who are both due to open this Spring.

“The arrival of these new brands underpin our strategy to blend a mix of leading international and UK fashion and lifestyle brands with independently developed and managed service destinations that we know will give an unrivalled and unique service, making that trip into town more varied and rewarding for our shoppers.”

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