So where to start?
Well it started with a tweet, then 2 blogs, a dm or 2 swapped, then a meeting was set. The Invisibles were born.
Now a call was made to the folks on twitter, an idea conjured in the mind of one guy seemed to stir worrying, even painful feelings of a mostly hidden reality, something clicked in many heads. People researched, added personal and professional experiences ensuring as much fact and reality was available to assist the group in developing meaningful aims and goals. Through considered discussion and utilising the obvious talents at our disposal these were quickly set.
So the task was in hand, we will collect sleeping bags and warm clothing for our roofles/homeless and those in fuel poverty.
Initial contact was made with the wonderful volunteers at http://www.waysidecentre.org.uk with colleagues visiting and calling asking for advice and to explain our idea. I can confidently say this certainly energised @Invisiblesthe and with the support of community/housing workers in the east end of Glasgow our first collection was organised in The Church of the Nazerene on Easter Sunday. More than 25 bags of clothes, blankets and footwear donated. A humbling start indeed. We again would like to say thank you for this generosity.
During discussions at meetings, email or on the phone (The Chairman likes a wee call but more on that later….maybe) we looked for the idea of a large scale collection. We spoke about football games, contacting camping suppliers and many other considerations. T in the Park was briefly mentioned at an early meeting but like many idea’s in the planning stages of a project, they get lost in the flow. Well it came back on the agenda quick. Now many will not realise how quickly the TITP collection was brought together and the fabulous work carried out behind the scenes on social media by some in the group to raise awareness of this drive. Quite fantastic effort by all involved. Thousands of leaflets distributed at Buchanan Street Bus Station and a twitter and facebook mini frenzy ensued. The groovy hipsters (Ah the good old days) got it and with a massive 500 bag donation from @tangerinefields more than 1300 sleeping bags were donated and then collected by an ever growing team of Invisibles working away from the fields of TITP to the bus station. We are delighted and again humbled by this astonishing reponse. THANK YOU XXX
We would like to thank the many people who responded to the request for assistance in the sorting, washing and distribution of the TITP collection. Some interesting finds I’m told : ) I can reasonably suggest many a washing machine and car were being worked hard. Would like to make a special mention to those who travelled from and to Stirling and all using personal transport to assist. Last word on TITP. We have realised we now have access to an ever growing, caring and positive group of people willing to Stay The Course. Hold on tight folks who knows where this is going : )
Now as the dust settles we ask ourselves what next? Getting cold soon, folks will need our support more than ever.
We would like to propose a suggestions link to our social media sites, ideas that could be brought to meetings and possibly actioned. We have always said our group is a collective, a collective of people, minds and ideas. We are not, nor will we ever be an exclusive club so get your ideas in folks.
The group are in or have been in discussions with several other organisations including http://www.ghn.org.uk this highlights the positive buzz around The Invisibles and progress made in such a short time.
Thank you to each and every soul who donated and gave up their own time to grow this idea. You are all special people.
Special mention to our friends who removed the anti rooflessness barriers in St.Vincent Lane. More positive action for the right reason. Why wait eh.
Now a question for The Chairman. Remember me telling you the potential of this thing? When you first tweeted/blogged did you dare imagine, did you? Look what has been achieved.
People are amazing we just need to remember that sometimes.
Take care my friends.
visible2me (The Invisibles)
original article and some pics from http://visible2me.wordpress.com/