Reaching out to those who need us.

  In recent weeks we have started an outreach operation and have moved onto the streets in search of rough-sleepers due to decreasing numbers at Cadogan Street.   Cadogan Street has been our base for a number of years now and with a few other homeless services nearby it seemed to be the best place to find rough-sleepers. However, in recent times there just haven't been the same numbers coming along and sometimes we can wait weeks before we see a genuine rough-sleeper.   That is not to say those who do come…Read more

We thank the Celtic Foundation for carrying on the good work of Walfrid and co.

  "A football club will be formed for the maintenance of dinner tables for the children and the unemployed."   The above statement was released after a meeting at St Mary's Church Hall in the Calton on the 6th of November 1887 during which Celtic Football Club was officially created.   Today, the club continues on looking after the most marginalsed citizens of Glasgow through the Celtic Foundation and we would like to thank them for another donation to our group as part of their 2018 Christmas Appeal.   The kind donation of…Read more

Merry Christmas and Thanks to Everyone.

  Before we start we would like to point out that whilst the Winter Shelter has just opened in the LHM there are still lots of rough-sleepers, like the person above, choosing not to use the facility and sleeping out on our freezing streets instead.   All we hear are plans and pledges to tackle homelessness but as far as we can see nothing is changing on the ground.   Meanwhile, The Invisibles would like to thank the kind citizens of Glasgow and beyond for all your help throughout the year.   To…Read more

Peak Homelessness at Sleep Out in the Park.

The homeless industry gets its coffers filled by donations from the public.    This weekend past was peak homelessness as the annual Sleep Out in the Park event took place in four cities across Scotland.   Last year we were told that they raised £4 million to go towards tackling, or ending, homelessness. This year at least the the same will be raised again and that can be added to the lump sum of £10 million Nicola Sturgeon promised every year for the next five years   But what are they doing to…Read more

Hands off our Homeless.

  The murky Glasgow Action Group reared its ugly head again yesterday to demand the council "tidy the place up" and get rid of the homeless from Glasgow city-centre.   The group is led by the multi-millionaire James Mortimer and his wealthy cohorts including Donald McLeod, the owner of the Cathouse and Garage, and Kevin Maguire, owner of the Metropolitan. They exist solely to drive beggars and rough-sleepers off our streets and maximise the profits from their own businesses.   Yesterday they held an emergency meeting and used their influence to have a…Read more

No More Jackets!

  Donations keep pouring in and we have had to take the decision to end our appeal and refuse anymore offers of clothing.   We only have so much space and there are only so any homeless people in Glasgow so we will kindly have to refuse any offers of help in the immediate future. This is becoming an increasingly bigger problem but is testament to the kindness of Glaswegians.   Our pals at Help 4 The Homeless already released a statement a few days ago asking for no more clothing for the…Read more

Thanks to One and All.

  Our winter jacket collection last weekend was a resounding success and we took in enough to last us at least a year.   As we have mentioned already this was organised by Michelle, who passed away last month, so making sure the collection went well was very important to us all.   The jackets will be distributed to rough-sleepers and others in need and we would like to relay our thanks to each and everyone of you who helped us help others.     In fact we took in so much we…Read more

How We Roll

  Ahead of our winter jacket collection this weekend we thought we would take the chance to give you all a brief run down on how we operate.   As you probably know we visit the soup kitchens at Cadogan Street and look for rough sleepers and other vulnerable people who need help with clothing, sleeping bags and toiletries.   Winter jackets and trainers are the staple items we rely on and hand out from our van in troves most weeks to our friends on the streets. Due to the cost of both…Read more

Our Man on the Ground.

One of our longest standing volunteers knows the homeless industry inside out having worked alongside the policy makers and people on the ground. He is bringing his unique perspective to these pages with the occasional blog. Here is his first instalment on the announcement by a new homeless alliance that they intend to end homelessness:        Spare us your End Homelessness sound-bite and help those in need now!    After noting, with great personal confusion, our governments at both local and national level trumpeting their big conversation on homelessness I let out a knowing…Read more

The Invisibles keep on truckin.

    As we gathered down at Cadogan Street last week after Volunteer McFarlane’s funeral a few days beforehand there was something of a hangover in the air.   Saying farewell to Michelle took its toll on us all but we will carry on and are determined follow through with her plans.   The announcement by a group of business people led by James Mortimer that they intend to drive beggars and homeless people out of Glasgow City Centre had riled Michelle and she wanted it pointed out that they are only a…Read more
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