A HAIRDRESSER who has worked in Minehead for 24 years is putting away his scissors to follow his passion.

Dan James is moving out of Something Else, in Summerland Road, to take up a role as a corporate and community fundraiser with Taunton-based mental health charity Mind in Somerset.

Dan, who starts his now job on January 8, said: "Mind is a fantastic organisation which I have admired and dreamt of working for for a long time now.

"I am so excited to get started and help with the great work that they do."

He completed a qualification earlier this year in understanding children and young people's mental health.

He added: "I will also be offering a support service for locals who need help and support in and around their home."

Dan has worked for Mr SE Support Services for 17 years, offering help such as shopping, transport, companionship, IT support and lots more.

Over the years he has helped raise thousands of pounds for good causes and charities and ran a support service for the housebound during the Covid-19 pandemic.

"I’ve always loved helping people and can't wait to continue to do so", he said.

Alana Buck, 22, from Minehead, will be renting the salon from the start of December and Dan will be there until the end of this year in a hand over period.

She completed her training at the Hair Academy in Taunton and has been working and continuing her career at Hows the Hair, in Dulverton.

Alana said: "I am really excited to be taking this next step in my hairdressing career and I can’t wait to meet the existing and new clients."

Dan added: "I’ve spent a lot of time with Alana over the last few months, going over lots of things to do with the business.

"She’s a lovely girl who I know will do very well at the salon and take very good care of my clients. I’m really excited to watch her grow.

“I’m gonna be so sad to leave the salon and all my fantastic clients, but I'm so happy to be leaving the salon in the capable hands of Alana and I love the fact that Alana is wanting to keep the name Something Else and carry on the legacy that Liz started and Simon and myself have continued since 1985."