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

Farewell Michelle

  After a busy night helping our friends on the street tonight The Invisibles took a moment to remember Michelle ahead of her funeral on Friday.   Joined by her son and husband and friends Mel and Sheila from Help 4 The Homeless we lit candles and pyro to honour the woman who made our group what it is today.   We will do our level best to continue on her good work.   Goodbye, Michelle.    Read more

RIP Volunteer McFarlane

    We were devastated this morning to learn of the sad passing of one of our volunteers, Michelle McFarlane.   Michelle was a wonderful human being who championed for the downtrodden and was the biggest driving force behind our group.   She is a massive loss and we won't be able to replace her.   We would like to take this opportunity to offer our condolences to the family.Read more

Wednesday Nights on Cadogan Street

Wednesday Nights on Cadogan Street         One of our friends appearing last week at Cadogan Street after a long absence served us with a timely reminder that nobody will be ending homelessness anytime soon.   The lady in question was back on the street after recently being evicted from her new Temporary Furnished Flat (TFF). However, this was not the first time, and won’t be the last, she has broken the rules set in place by the council and been sent back to the bottom of the homeless ladder.  …Read more

Thank you, Hoidy and co!

The Invisibles were grateful to receive a recent donation of £1000 from the Twitter user, @Hoidy.   Hoidy and a group of pals sold some pin badges in honour of a Celtic player and the profits raised all went to charity.   As well as our donation they also donated to the venerable Clinton Pringle Project.   We caught up with Hoidy to relay our thanks and he said: “I've been aware of The Invisibles for a while now and have always admired the work they do.   “I think it's important that people look out for others in their…Read more

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

Stock Update

  Due to the generosity of the Glaswegian public as winter begins in earnest, we must confirm that our storage unit is currently filled to capacity and therefore we cannot presently accept any further donations of clothing. As the weeks and months pass, these stocks will inevitably dissipate and we will once again be able to accept any donations you may have, but as this is a fluid situation, we cannot provide a set date as to when this will be the case. Notably, the above news does not concern those donations which…Read more

Council Cuts and Homelessness

I first wrote on The Invisibles' site some eighteen months ago. However, Councils have been hammered with more crippling cuts since then. Regardless of where your politics lie, you should be well aware that every Council Cut not only affects the livelihood of the Council workers, but the most vulnerable members of our society. Councils don't just collect and empty bins once a week. They are social workers and the guardians for children in care; they are carers who provide assistance to the elderly and infirm in their own homes; they are the occupational therapists who will…Read more