This Hairdresser From Britain Gives Free Haircuts To The Homeless

BarcroftTVPublished: September 21, 201723 views
Published: September 21, 2017

A British hairdresser is raising awareness of the plight of people sleeping rough - by giving free haircuts to the homeless. With the number of people sleeping rough on a steady rise, hairdresser Josh Coombes is providing the haircuts as part of his campaign #DoSomethingForNothing.

Josh started his initiative in 2015 and has since been joined by Veterinarian Jade Statt of Street Vet Ltd, a service where vets and veterinary nurses go to the streets and aid rough sleepers’ dogs. Most recently they visited Shoreditch, East London in search of those who could use their help.

The pair travel with backpacks filled with their supplies; Jade has everything from antibiotics to dog treats, and Josh has all of his hairdressing equipment. The main focus of the campaign is to encourage people to do something for nothing, and to show that a small gesture can make a huge difference.

According to Crises UK there were an estimated 4,134 people sleeping rough in England on a single night in the Autumn of 2016 - a rise of 16% since 2015. The London based CHAIN database figure is even more shocking, showing London rough sleeping levels having risen 104% since 2010.

The hairdresser has extended his selfless work overseas and is currently visiting the rough sleepers of New York.

Videographer / director: Marcus Cooper
Producer: Shannon Lane, Ruby Coote
Editor: Marcus Cooper

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