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Joshua Coombes เป็นช่างทำผมชาวอังกฤษที่ไม่ได้แตกต่างจากช่างทำผมอื่นๆ ทั่วโลก เขาทำหน้าที่ตัดผมและโกนเคราให้กับทุกคนที่ต้องการ เพียงแค่ว่าหนึ่งในสิ่งที่ทำให้เขาแตกต่างจากคนอื่นๆ คือกลุ่มลูกค้าที่เขาเลือกมอบน้ำใจให้

ลูกค้ากลุ่มหนึ่งของ Joshua เป็นกลุ่มคนไร้บ้านที่ไม่มีแม้แต่เงินจ่ายค่าตัดผม นั่นทำให้ช่างตัดผมคนนี้ตัดสินใจมอบโอกาสด้วยการให้เหล่าโฮมเลสเข้ามาตัดผมที่ร้านได้ฟรี Joshua เชื่อว่านี่จะเป็นการมอบความหวังในชีวิตให้พวกเขาอีกครั้ง เพราะการเปลี่ยนแปลงรูปลักษณ์ภายนอก จะช่วยเปลี่ยนตัวตนข้างในได้ด้วย

มาดูความเปลี่ยนแปลงที่เกิดขึ้นกันเถอะ

 

1. Benjamin จาก Los Angeles

 

2. Tod จาก Santa Monica

 

3. Cedric จาก Paris

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This is Cedric, 42 years old. I met Cedric in Paris a few days ago on Boulevard Monmarte. He has been homeless for three years now. At first, I noticed the sign he'd made, which read – ‘Vote for me in 2022.’ When I said hello, I was given a big greeting in return, we started talking. I asked him where he had learnt – “I used to live in London for some years with my friends. I remember the carnivals so well, I loved my time there.” – It turns out Cedric and I have lived on the same street in Brixton, what are the chances! I do feel we connected almost immediately, so it was really nice to hear Cedric open up some more about his life recently – " I was holding down a job at a library near here. It didn’t pay all that much but I enjoyed my work. One day we found out the library was to be down sized considerably, so many of us lost our jobs. The drinking increased and so did rent on my apartment at the time. I guess I stopped caring. It wasn’t long before I became homeless.” Next to Cedric was his pal Dada. I could tell these guys were close and that they really helped each other out on the street – “I saw Dada looking at me one day. After staring at me for a moment, he broke into a big smile, we’ve been friends ever since. It’s important to have that when you’re homeless. I used to have an amazing friend that looked out for me, I suppose she was my step mother almost…” At this point, tears appeared in Cedric’s eyes, but he continued – “She owned a music venue in the 9th Arrondissement, it was the best place for music. Whenever I visited her she would feed me, talk to me and give me hope. I never had to paid. Always food and water, she would never give me alcohol. One week, I visited and she was no longer there. I found out she had died. It really broke me. I still think about her everyday.” When it came to showing Cedric he mirror at the end, his reaction said it all.

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4. Joshua จาก California

 

5. Zack จาก London

 

6. David จาก London

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This is David, 54 years old. We met recently near London Bridge. It was rush hour and David was sat on the ground, not far away from the train station. As I walked by, he looked up and gave me smile and nodded. I sat down next to him and we began talking – “See over there.” David said, pointing down the street – “That’s Guys Hospital, I was born in there. I’ve always been a Londoner. I grew up here and worked in and around this city for my entire life. This is one chapter that I couldn’t have foreseen… I had my own business. We cleaned up the big buildings and sprayed them down like new before they were refurbished. There were some big contracts for a while. I had a loving family also. My children have all grown up have their own lives now… my wife and I drifted apart recently. It all changed after that day, a couple years back. The day of the accident. It hasn’t been the same since…I was driving one night. We’d been visiting family outside of London and my daughter and her children were in the car also. We had a collision on a fast road. It all happened so fast. I won’t go into all of it… it hurts.” I could feel the pain in David begin to bubble to the surface. But also there was an honesty and a clarity in the way he was speaking – “l’ve confronted some feelings while I’ve been out here. I’m not happy I’m on streets. There’s no way I could’ve seen myself sitting out here. No way. But you know I’m what… It sounds stupid, but maybe I’m where I’m supposed to be right now. It’s shown me a different part of life. It’s opened up a different part inside of me.” When I finished cutting David’s hair, he insisted on walking me to my train platform. We hugged and David smiled and said – “You know what Josh, I think we brought back the art of conversation just then.” #DoSomethingForNothing

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7. Aman จาก London

 

8. Callum จาก Manchester

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I met Callum in Manchester recently. I’d just arrived in town with @gotvitaminc and we’d only been walking for a few minutes when we saw someone bundled up in their sleeping bag. I often talk about isolation. For a guy like Callum, it’s as real as it gets. . “I’ve been sleeping on the streets for a long time now…It’s hard to keep track. I always keep myself to myself. I find it difficult to trust anyone really…I’ve felt that way since I was I kid. I didn’t have any family as such. I was raised in care, so I was moved around a lot.” . Whilst I was cutting his hair, Callum pulled out a joint of spice (K2 in USA) I’ve ran into this countless times in the past. Once marketed as a Synthetic Marijuana, Spice is cheap, easily accessible, potent and highly addictive. A few years ago, it got a hold on some people I got close with, who slept on the streets in London. Two of those people aren't with us anymore. I asked Callum how it makes him feel. . “It just numbs you, you know..? I don’t know how else to describe it…It makes you feel numb to everything. It gets you to sleep. It knocks you out. It makes time fly and sometimes you need that out here.” . Through all Callum has been through, he had this smile that makes you want to smile with him. It only appeared from time to time, but when it did, I saw another side of him. A warmth that I wouldn’t have had the chance to see whilst walking past him on the street. #DoSomethingForNothing

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9. Spider จาก Miami

 

10. Travis จาก Alaska

 

11. Terry จาก New York City

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This is Terry 27 years old. Boyfriend of Eveylon in last post. Definite restyle for this gent, he said it was time. Somebody tried to steal from Terry a week before. You can see the remains of a black eye and bruising on his head from this incident. Together, Eveylon and Terry have been sleeping on the streets together for six months. Last year, they shared a room in Brooklyn but as their drug habit picked up, things stared to slide financially. They were both open and honest about their addiction, as they were about their past. Neither one of them had the easiest of upbringings. Eveylon spoke of her last relationship before meeting Terry – "Looking back to my ex, I can't see how I let someone treat me that way. It was so unhealthy. I was feeling vulnerable already and just wanted love. That can blind you sometimes. He did some horrible things to me that I don't like to talk about much. It couldn't be more different with Terry. We respect each other. It's a love that I've never felt before. Someone walked past us on the street recently and said 'You can't be homeless because you're too happy' We haven't got much at the moment but we have each other and that's amazing." – I believed everything she said, I could feel it between them. They had this deep care for each other that felt unbreakable. It was if it didn't matter what the world has thrown at them, nobody can what they have together. Eveylon and Terry are on a methadone script now trying to work a programme towards abstinence. #DoSomethingForNothing

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12. Laurent จาก Paris

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This is Laurent, 42 years old, born in a small town in Brittany, northern France. He was next up in the chair after Cedric. They've been friends for a while now and look out for each other each day. It's over a year since Laurent's last haircut. Initially he was reluctant, Cedric kindly translated for him – "Laurent would like for you to do it, but he's worried about the condition of his head and that his hair is too dirty." This isn't uncommon on the street and I get asked about this subject a lot. Personally it's not something that would ever bother me but when working with hair in general, it's always good practise to check the head in front of you before getting started. I make sure I never run out of dry shampoo. As there were no open sores, this worked perfectly to make Laurent feel more comfortable for me to begin. During our time Cedric spoke more about Laurent – "He worked many jobs in Paris and had his own delivery business for a while. Like many others his rent was very high to live in this city. You can build a life but it's hard to maintain it. Any family that Laurent has are in the north of France but he doesn't feel like he can connect with them at present. For a while, he still managed to work while he was homeless but it is very difficult to keep this going." Like Cedric, Laurent doesn't seem to run out of smiles. Considering their current living conditions, I think that's pretty amazing. Such a joy to spend the day with these guys. #DoSomethingForNothing

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13. Charlie จาก London

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This is Charlie, 20 years old. I met Charlie last week on Regent street. I stood and watched for five minutes before I approached him. In a such a busy area, it's easy to see how isolated you could feel sitting out here all day without much in the way of acknowledgment from busy shoppers passing by. I met Charlie before a few months ago in a different area, I asked him why he chose to sit here – "With all the money around this place I suppose you think it would be a good option, but that can vary. To be honest, keeping in a good headspace isn't even about how much money you get out here. When someone has time to stop, you remember it." Charlie has some temporary accommodation to stay in at the moment with other young men of a similar age – "We're all looking for work of some kind, but most people spend their time on the street. I was sleeping rough before this and you learn how to survive." Charlie spoke to me a bit about his mother – "She's always suffered with drug addiction and it got a lot worse a few years ago. It's complicated. We don't see each other any more. If I had somewhere else to turn, I would." Charlie has this magic in his soul, you can feel it when you talk to him and see it in his eyes. There's bags of potential energy there. I asked him what he'd like to do to get a new chapter started in his life – "I've been thinking about working in the food industry, I don't know exactly what to do yet but I'd like to try that." Since meeting Charlie I've been in conversation some really helpful people about trying to get him some work and speaking to him on the phone also. #DoSomethingForNothing

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14. Guillermo จาก Barcelona

 

15. Stefan จาก Dublin

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This is Stefan, 31 years old. Stefan is Slovakian, growing up in a little town near Bratislava. He was raised by his mother, as his father died when he was four years old. When Stefan was nineteen, his mother fell terminally ill and died within a year. It was after this point, Stefan told me he needed to leave – 'When I lost my mother it was tough, I knew I needed a change in my life. I stuck around and worked for a few years, but I had to get out and experience something else' – After travelling slowly through Europe, Stefan stopped in the Netherlands, where he managed to find some steady employment. He came to Dublin a year ago now, after the company he worked for went bankrupt. I asked him why he came here – 'When I lost my job in The Netherlands, I knew people who said they had friends that could employ me here. It was in in a bar, I would've been happy to do anything for a new start.' You might have guessed that when arrived, this promise never came through. With the money Stefan had, he stayed in a hostel, looking for work over the next couple months, to no avail. He spent his first nights on the street, where he's been for the last ten months. Stefan still has a positive outlook on the future – 'I'm young and strong and I want to work. I want opportunities. I think my situation will change, this is just where I am right now.' It was great to see a transformation in Stefan during the haircut, he got a a lot of compliments from people passing by. I asked him what he feel he needs everyday to help him – 'Life is so short, but we all have time to smile' #DoSomethingForNothing #Dublin

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แม้ว่าสิ่งที่ Joshua มอบให้พวกเขาจะเป็นเพียงแค่การตัดผม แต่สิ่งหนึ่งที่เกิดขึ้นก็คือ มันช่วยสร้างความอบอุ่นในหัวใจและมอบความหวังใจการทำชีวิตให้ดีขึ้นกับคนกลุ่มนี้ได้อย่างแน่นอน

 

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