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Yüzlerce Evsizi Bedavaya Traş Eden Koca Yürekli Adam Joshua Coombes ile Tanışın

Yüzlerce Evsizi Bedavaya Traş Eden Koca Yürekli Adam Joshua Coombes ile Tanışın
06.08.2019
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Londra’daki bir kuaför evsizlere ücretsiz saç kesimi yapıyor. Ardında özverili, cesaret verici bir sosyal medya hareketi yaratan Joshua Coombes, yıllardır makaslarıyla çıkıyor ve sokaklarda yaşayanlara yepyeni bir görünüm kazandırıyor. Her kuaför gibi, 31 yaşındaki Joshua Coombes müşterileriyle sohbet ediyor, düşüncelerini, duygularını ve hikayelerini dinliyor aradaki tek fark bu kez sokaklar onun salonu.

 

 

 

Birine evsizlik konusunu sorarsanız, size bunun büyük bir sorun olduğunu söyleyecektir. Herkes sokaklarda yaşayan sayısız insanın farkındadır, ancak Joshua’nın hareketi farkındalık yaratmaktan ziyade şefkat uyandırmakla ilgili.

Birinin saçını kesmeyi bitirdikten sonra, Joshua müşterilerine fotoğraflarını Instagram’da paylaşıp paylaşamayacağını soruyor ve eğer müşterileri izin verirse  ‘Do Something For Nothing’ hashtag kullanarak paylaşıyor. Birine karşılık beklemeden iyilik yapma fikri sosyal medyada çok büyük takdir topladı.

Fotoğrafların altına evsiz insanların hikayelerini paylaşan Joshua, diğer tüm insanlar gibi, onları da bugünkü yerlere getiren bir geçmişe sahip olduklarını vurguluyor. Joshua, müşterilerini sık sık yeni bir görünüm vererek müşterilerinin dış görünümlerini tamamen değiştirmesine rağmen, hareketin sadece saç kesiminden ibaret olmadığını, çoğu zaman tamamen göz ardı edilenlerle sohbet ederken geçirdiği zamanın, onların hikayelerini dinlemenin daha önemli olduğunu anlatıyor.

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Yesterday, I ran into Mathew again. We first met in the summer of 2017 in a park not far from this spot, in Central London. Mathew’s been away for a while since we last saw one another. He had his head down but I recognised him. Mathew – “Yeh, I remember – You cut my hair! And for my friend Luke also. It was summer wasn’t it..? I haven’t seen Luke for ages. We were really close. I miss him. He just disappeared one day about a year ago and I have no idea where he is… I find it difficult to get close to people. There’s nobody in particular that I reach out speak with. Things are up and down. Some days are worse than others. The small things that happen each day can help though… Like, I know I’m not all that approachable. I’ve never been very confident socially. But, when people do take the time to have a conversation, it means something. Everyone needs different things in their life. But having someone to listen to you is important for everybody.” #DoSomethingForNothing

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“Bu insanlar kendimi gördüğüm insanlar ve onların hikayelerini başkalarına anlatmaya başladığımda, insanların ne kadar etkilendiğini ve tanıştığım evsiz insanlar hakkında daha fazla bilgi edinmek istediğini anladım.Çünkü bu gerçekten evsizler için saç kesimi yapmak değil, birileriyle paylaştığım zaman ve sohbetle ilgili bir durum. Onlar, gerçekten de hepimiz için en önemli olan anlardır, günün sonunda birbirleriyle paylaştığımız günlerdir.”

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Whilst in Paris recently, I walked back to the same street where I once visited my late friend, Cedric. I always go back to this spot when I’m in the city. One street away from where he used to sleep, I met Florin. Florin came to Paris from Romania late last year. He’s worked in construction jobs for most of his life, but recently, steady employment became difficult, so he left for job opportunities elsewhere. He only spoke a small amount of English. But thankfully, one of Jaz’s (@theworldwidetribe) good friends, Joanna, is Romanian, so she help us communicate over the phone. When Florin came to Paris, things took an unexpected turn… He experienced a stroke that left him in hospital for a week. When he woke, Florin no longer had his passport or phone with him and had no memory of what happened… Without his documents, He had no way to travel back home so began sleeping on the streets… When we met Florin, he was waiting for an appointment with the Embassy of Romania and was in limbo for the foreseeable. Florin told us what makes him happy in life. It was was so good to meet that day. His warmth really shone through as we spent more time together. So much so that he insisted that we visit him in Romania when he manages to get back there. One realistic goal we can all have is to be more aware and present for those around us who might feel isolated. I saw the difference it made in Florin that someone noticed him and listened. Nothing should get in the way of the connection you can make with another human being and the potential is has to help them and, in turn, help yourself. #DoSomethingForNothing

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“Bazı insanlar geri dönüp ziyaret ediyorum ve bazen sadece bir kez onlarla tanıştım, ama benim için her biri diğeri kadar önemli, ister büyük gülümsemelerle bitiyor, isterse minnettar. Bazılarını tekrar geri gelip ziyaret ediyorum, bazen sadece bir kez tanıştıklarım oluyor. Ama benim için her biri diğeri kadar önemli. İşim bazen büyük bir gülümsemeyle bitiyor,bazen de minnettar bir kafa hareketiyle. ”

İşte Joshua’nın Instagram paylaşımlarından bazıları.

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This is Richard. He looked up and smiled at me from where he sat on the pavement, on a busy street in Manchester, asking if I had any spare change. I didn’t, but I asked if I could sit down with him for a while instead. It felt like an especially busy afternoon. It was loud. People were spilling out of pubs nearby. Both Manchester football clubs were playing that afternoon and you could feel it. I let Richard know I had my clippers on me and that I could give him a haircut. He broke into a smile. I began setting up and we continued talking. – “I grew up in a small town in the south of Ireland. You probably won’t have heard of it. But wow, it’s a beautiful and green part of the country. I came to England with my family when I was younger. There were many reasons for us to make our way over here and of course, I was too young to understand them at the time. I’ve had a strange life I suppose. But perhaps everyone can say that… I’ve struggled as lot with being let down by the people I love. I’ve learnt to deal with that. See, family can stick together like glue in so many ways, but when push comes to shove, that’s when it really counts. I’m speaking in tongues I know… I’m sorry. I just can’t talk about everything… Anyway, so here I am. I’ve been back and forth on the streets for many years now. My drinking has always taken the best of me. Believe me, I’ve tried to actively change my ways in the past. I’m not so sure if I could do that anymore… It’s not about getting drunk. It’s a remedy for what’s inside me.” #DoSomethingForNothing

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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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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

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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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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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GOOD NEWS STORY! Read below. Anyone who’s followed #dosomethingfornothing for a few years will probably remember Kenny. I often think about him when I walk past his old spot on Wilton Street, outside Victoria Train Station in London. I cut Kenny’s hair twice in 2016. We connected straight away. Kenny spoke deeply about life and the journey that led him to being homeless on the streets of London. One day, when I went back to see him, he was no longer there… I haven’t seen him since. When somebody is homeless, that can mean a number of things. A few days ago I received a message on Instagram: “hiya josh, its kenny dont no if u remember me but you cut my hair few years back when i was homeless. I just wanted to let you know im doing great now, got a lovely home and girlfriend back in touch with my kids, would love to have a chat, my number is…” Whenever I can, I keep in touch with the people I meet. As you can imagine, it’s not always easy but I try my best. I telephoned Kenny yesterday… My heart is really full right now. Head to my IG story to see what happened. I love you mate and couldn’t be happier. #DoSomethingForNothing

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This is Joe. PART 1 It was business as usual at Kings Cross train station. People walking hastily in every direction to catch trains they’re running late for, as others look up at the screens waiting for their platforms to be announced. I watched Joe sit with his head down and I wondered how long he’d been there. I said hello and he looked up… I asked him how he was. He nodded and said ‘I’ve been better, but thanks for asking.’ I suppose a question like ‘How are you?’ can seem redundant when the person you’re asking is clearly in a difficult spot. I fee that’s when it’s even more important to ask. I sat down and we had a chat. When I asked Joe if he wanted a haircut, he jumped up and said – “No way! Really?? That’s mad because I was saying to myself today, the next time I make a tenner, I’m gonna go and get myself a haircut.” We wondered around the corner to a quieter street to talk some more. Joe – “I was a boxer and I was a good one at that. I grew up in a rough part of Northern Ireland. The kind of place where big dreams disappear quickly. One person I knew got into boxing. You had to find something to draw your focus to. It was that, or get yourself into all kinds of trouble. It was difficult to get out of the estate that I grew up on…” But Joe did get out and travelled far. From the U.K. to living in the U.S, then Australia for some time. “Once upon a time I was fighting a lot. I had a manager for a while and he was able to get me some good fights. started moving around a fair bit. I enjoyed it. I was in shape. You wouldn’t believe it would you?” Joe said with a smile. “I loved being in Australia. That’s when I stopped boxing. I wanted to make a new life there. I’ve always worked all kinds of other jobs, lots of construction and things where I’m using my hands. But my visa crept up on me and one day they sent me back… There’s no life for me back in Northern Ireland so I came to London.” ~ Part 2 this week. #DoSomethingForNothing

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