Nurture Academy began in 2010 as a braiding centre. Portia Louis Founder, Director and Consultant began the company with the aim to teach the art of hair braiding to those wishing to learn. She saw a need for the skill amongst the black community to maintain this part of their heritage and found that it was a real aid to parents with mixed race children who felt unable to maintain their child’s / childrens’ hair. She taught in establishments such as youth centres libraries, and prison; taking part in black history events and events celebrating black hair. Portia taught braiding and how to manage hair but soon saw the need to teach self-development within her workshops and courses. She found that whilst developing a skill was the perfect opportunity to seek to develop the individual as a whole. So using her knowledge from her qualifications in health and social care, teaching and business she began to formulate the company as it stands today. The organisation is fundamentally to empower individuals from each member of staff to every individual we work with. Our workshops and courses are tailored to meeting the needs of our clientele, enclosed is general information about each of our packages but all are bespoke so don’t hesitate to let us know your specific needs. All our instructors are DBS checked and have extensive experience in their fields.