AN INITIATIVE aimed at snipping some of the stress away from getting kids back to school is taking place on Monday.

The Pars Foundation has teamed up with local hairdressers Kelly Donaldson and Denise Green, along with apprentice Erin Thomson, to offer free back to school hair cuts in the Vine Centre.

General Manager Kelly Armstrong said they wanted to ensure that all children look and feel smart on their return to school.

"I am delighted that Kelly and Denise have said that they will give up their day to give all children whose parents maybe struggling financially to make ends meet a helping hand," she explained.

"It is the first time we have done this. We were having a discussion in the office about people using food banks and struggling day to day and asked if there was anything we could do to help alleviate that stress and this idea came up.

"There was no reason why we shouldn't try it to see if that helps lessen the stress with getting kids back to school. A few friends said they would give up the day and the Vine Centre said they would let us use that for free."

Anyone wanting to get their children's hair cuts can pop along to the Vine Church on Monday between 10am and 3pm.

The Pars Foundation are also welcoming any donations of school bags, stationary and water bottles to distribute on the day. For more information email