Een kapper uit London geeft gratis knipbeurten aan daklozen en deelt op social media het prachtige resultaat.
Al een paar jaar gaat Joshua Coombes met zijn schaar de straat op en vraagt aan daklozen of ze een gratis knipbeurt willen krijgen. Joshua zorgt ervoor dat de mannen en vrouwen en weer fris en verzorgd uitzien. De 31-jarige biedt daarnaast ook nog eens een luisterend oor terwijl hij de haren knipt.
Wat Joshua met de foto’s wil bereiken is voor compassie creëren voor de daklozen. In een stad zoals Londen zijn er veel daklozen en de kapper wil laten zien dat ook zij gewoon mensen zijn en liefde verdienen. Op zijn Instagramaccount laat hij niet alleen de voor- en nafoto’s zien, maar schrijft ook het verhaal van de dakloze op. Hij vertelt hoe het is gekomen dat ze dakloos zijn geworden en soms ook wat hun toekomstdromen zijn.
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It’s amazing to think of how far #DoSomethingForNothing has grown in four years. A small idea has spread across the globe, with thousands of people using these four words to join in with love and compassion. That means the world to me and to every person that’s been pushed aside and spat out by society. I’ve learnt more about myself through every person I’ve met along the way. Thank you for being here with me. As always, your support is everything. This is Paul, I met him three years ago. I found Paul sat down on The Strand, one of the busiest streets in Central London. I wandered how many people he must see walking by each day. As soon as I approached him he gave me a big smile and I knew I'd enjoy getting to know this man. Paul was born in Yorkshire. After working as a mechanic for the majority of his life in the north of England, he moved up to Scotland to enjoy the next chapter. Unfortunately things didn't work out quite as easily as he'd thought. Paul struggled finding work and when his savings ran out he could no longer pay his rent. After a while Paul told me he got a cheap bus down to London because he needed new surroundings and thought there would be more support in the capital. He's been on the street for three years here and is still hoping for a break soon… Meeting Paul was an experience I’m not going to forget. We sat down and spoke for another hour after his haircut and shared stories. I couldn't have felt happier in his company. He’d become more talkative and confident. That felt good. I thanked him for spending his time with me. #DoSomethingForNothing
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This is David. We saw each other again last week. It’s the third time I’ve cut his hair. I guess it’s fair to say that I’m his hairdresser and he’s one of my regulars. But, as you know, this has always been about much more than that… When our paths first crossed over a year ago at his spot near London Bridge station, we had an immediate connection. Despite sleeping out on the street for the last two years, (I say that so often I have to remind myself what just a few nights on the concrete would feel like…) David seems to have a way of retaining who he is. His smile is infectious. He considers it the most valuable thing he has. . “When I wake up, at about 5:45 in the morning, I sit by the station. I always make sure I say good morning and smile at people as they’re on their way to work. Because, we can be so sad sometimes…I really see it. We’re all walking around with troubles and I think a smile can make you forget them for a moment… Like, this lady smiled at me this morning and it instantly put a smile on my face also. Then there was this one fella, we see each other every morning, who stopped the other day and said – ‘You know what David? You make it a pleasure going to work, I genuinely look forward to walking past here in the morning.’ – At first I thought it wouldn’t make a difference, but then I see people’s reactions and it’s real… I have some people say to me – ‘David, you’re the only person who says good morning to me…’ which is mad isn’t it..? I know a smile makes a difference because I’ve seen it for myself now. I’ve seen people as they turn the corner, look around and then smile back… That’s really nice.” . David and I talk a lot on the phone and touch base whenever we can. The last five years have been a rollercoaster for him. If you want to find more about his story, scroll down in my feed a while. @gotvitaminc painted David last year for our @lightnoiseart show in London and we’re selling the painting, with all proceeds going directly to David. Scroll right and DM me if you’re interested. Thanks for your constant love and support. People like David are as important to me as anybody else. #DoSomethingForNothing
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I’ll never stop opening my heart to new people… A stranger who became a brother to me. Cedric died last year, aged 45. I’m forever grateful for the connection we shared. I first met Cedric in Paris in 2017. At the time, he’d been sleeping on the street for three years. He had a handwritten sign – ‘Vote for me in 2020’ – As soon as I said hello, a big smile appeared. An hour later, I’m handing Cedric the mirror to see his new hairdo. We hung out all day there, listening to punk music and swapping stories. Here’s some of Cedric’s words – “I lived in London for some years with my girlfriend. I remember the carnivals so well, I loved my time there. I wanted to stay in London, but when my girlfriend and I broke up, I came back to Paris. That’s when things went downhill… I had a job at a library. It didn’t pay much but I enjoyed it. One day, I found out the library was closing. We lost our jobs. The rent on my place had already gone up. I started drinking more. I can see now I was depressed…I stopped caring. It wasn’t long before I spent my first night outside. A few months later, I visited Cedric again. After a big hug, I noticed Cedric had a black eye – "There’s so many good people in the day, but at night it can change…There's a bar over there that stays open really late. There was a fight with two men and a woman. It's my fault for saying something, when I did, I got punched.” Cedric had a meeting for some help to get into a room a few days prior. He attended but didn't hear back – "I'm trying and always listening for places, it's not easy. Any weeks with a step forward usually comes with more steps back. I never planned to be here…I hope one day there is another chapter. The third time I visited was different. A mural, painted by the amazing @christianguemy for a beautiful soul, no longer with us. I'm going to continue to make people visible the best I can. I know Cédric would have liked that he played a big part in giving others light also. Making mistakes is human. I don’t forget that. I've seen how love can change people. Listen to The Clash and keep dancing my brother. #DoSomethingForNothing