NO MORE DEATHS ON OUR STREETS

Homelessness, Glasgow’s shame. NO MORE DEATHS ON OUR STREETS On the morning of Tuesday, the 21st of March 2017, the body of Matthew Bloomer, aged 28, was discovered in the doorway of T J Hughes on Glasgow's busy Argyle Street. He had died tragically during one of the coldest nights of the year so far. As people of Glasgow, we should not and cannot tolerate the deaths of our fellow citizens in shop doorways or as a result of homelessness. Please petition Glasgow City Council to implement Housing First as a matter of policy for rough sleepers and…Read more
Some Issues Facing Glasgow’s Homeless by A Homelessness Sector Worker

Some Issues Facing Glasgow’s Homeless by A Homelessness Sector Worker

There are many issues affecting homelessness from both the individuals’ point of view, and that of the workers involved in the sector. Although recognised publicly as a major issue, homelessness perhaps does not get the attention it deserves from a statutory viewpoint. Historically, in my opinion, Glasgow City Council has consistently failed to acknowledge that homelessness is a problem in the City, despite the amount of third sector services currently operating. The closure of the large scale hostels within Glasgow aimed to provide smaller, more supported units – however, the supply of these…Read more

Advice From A Senior Homeless Housing Officer

I'm a Senior Homeless Housing Officer for one of the largest Council's in Scotland. What I would say is, I don't deal with 'The Homeless' or 'Service Users', I meet with folk with a name who find themselves either facing or in a housing crisis.  Like most crisis situations, homelessness does not discriminate, can and does happen to anyone. Since the introduction of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010, we are regulated. The Scottish Housing Regulator has this statutory duty:- 'Safeguard and promote the interests of current and future tenants of social landlords, people…Read more

Real visible people power.

  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…Read more

Invisibles Winter Collection Statement

The Invisibles are a small independent charity initiative committed to helping homeless people and homeless charities in Glasgow.We formed after our founder, Dermot Hill wrote an internet blog on the issue of homelessness in early February, highlighting the homeless problem in Glasgow and asking for help on this from fellow Glaswegians. Dermot works on railway maintenance and has been very concerned at the plight of Glasgow’s homeless, after seeing them nightly while he has been working night shifts on the railway lines.After Dermot put out his appeal, the group arranged their first meeting…Read more