Manc 01: Ged King - The Barber With A Mission

Mar 25, 2020, 11:47 PM

Prepare to be inspired. Ged King is the city’s barber who is changing lives. Hear how a haircut can help get people off the streets of Manchester. Two-time TEDx speaker Ged tells Lisa Morton about his personal journey to self-belief and fulfillment, and how he is now doing the same for those that need it the most – all through cutting hair. Two time TEDx speaker Ged tells Lisa Morton about his personal journey to self belief and fulfillment, and how he is now doing the same for those that need it the most – all through cutting hair.

Prepare to be inspired. Ged King is the city’s barber who is changing lives. Hear how a haircut can help get people off the streets of Manchester.

Two-time TEDx speaker Ged tells Lisa Morton about his personal journey to self-belief and fulfillment, and how he is now doing the same for those that need it the most – all through cutting hair. 

We Built This City is a series of conversations with some of the amazing Mancunians - born, bred or adopted – who put the heart into modern Manchester. We recorded these episodes before the Corona Virus outbreak, which has for the time-being, not only taken the swagger out of Manchester, but brought us to our knees. Not for long. We had always planned to launch in March and wondered if that was still the right thing to do now. On reflection, we decided to go ahead, because the love and the family and the community that comes out of these conversations, will hopefully provide some strength and conviction that we did build this city - and we will do it again. 

Ged had experienced his own struggles, but after finally having achieved the dream of having his own barber business, he couldn’t understand why he still felt empty.  Deep soul-searching led him to understand that what was going to make him feel complete was to help others – to give, not to take – and it was then that he and his team started to work on the streets of Manchester, helping to support people who had found themselves homeless. 

Lisa hears how Ged and his team can change the physiology of a person by cutting their hair, by lifting them up, by washing away the dirt and by empowering each individual through conversation. Through this, he has created a ‘tribe’ of people around him to inspire him every day and to drive The Skullfades Foundation forward.

Skullfades’ work in Manchester - which has been very much supported by GM Mayor, Andy Burnham -  is helping to create real sustainable social change. This includes the recent launch of the world’s first community barber shop, in Stretford, where young people, who have been homeless, are being trained in barbering skills.

Ged and Lisa discuss his plans to grow the Foundation to help end homelessness not just in Manchester, but around the world.

Your host, Lisa Morton, started PR company Roland Dransfield in 1996, one month after the fateful IRA bomb that tore apart the city centre. From that point, the business, and its team members, have been involved in helping to support the creation of Modern Manchester – across regeneration, business, charity, leisure and hospitality, sport and culture. 

To celebrate the 24 years that Roland Dransfield has spent creating these bonds, Lisa is gathering together some of her Mancunian ‘family’ and will be exploring how they have created their own purposeful relationships with the best city in the world.

Connect with Lisa and Roland Dransfield:

Via Phone: 01612361122
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