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13th Nov 2015

This Hairdresser Gives Free Haircuts To Homeless People

"For me, it is about giving something back and raising awareness of the homeless".

Cathy Donohue

After holidaying in New York, Joshua Coombes was inspired by a scheme that motivated him to provide a hairdressing service for homeless people.

Joshua, who lives in Exeter, set up an area in the city centre and has seen a huge demand for his services.

He can give up to seven haircuts a night and says he does it to “give something back and raise awareness of the homeless”. Josh and his friend, photographer Matt Spracken, said that they want to interact with people, instead of handing over loose change. They hope that their Instagram posts will get people talking about homelessness and what steps can be taken to improve matters for those living on the street.

“Giving haircuts is such a small thing, it is just me going up to someone having a chat and cutting their hair, they really appreciate the gesture.

“Doing something good for nothing really wakes people up. It is just me giving up a bit of my time, it is a great experience and it is really humbling for me” said Joshua.