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

Me and The Invisibles

December 17, 2014 As Christmas and new year approaches, it seems the done thing to quietly contemplate the year gone by and reflect on all the ups and downs you’ve encountered along the way. For me, it’s been a very bittersweet year. It started out very busy, volunteering at my local foodbank where I was working my wee socks off and making a real difference within my local community. Social media had played a massive role in my work there and continued to do so as I basically annoyed the life out of…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

Rucksack Appeal 2014

Gorbals Legal Aid, 72 Commercial Road, Twomax Rear Annex, Gorbals, Glasgow G5 0QZ https://www.facebook.com/events/1530476353853688/ It's simple to get involved ~ Go to your cupboards, wardrobes and local charity shops, get a cheap rucksack or holdall, fill it with any or all of the following items which are in a decent state of repair ~ sleeping bag, EMPTY flask, gloves, hat, scarf, fleece, t-shirts, warm clothing, waterproof jackets/disposable rain ponchos and new underwear, thermals & socks, Boots and shoes. We also have requests for unopened toiletries such as deodorants, shower gels, shampoo, razors, shaving…Read more

Sleeping Bag Campaign Success.

Firstly let me thank everyone who helped in the sleeping bag campaign, the troops who attended TITP and donated their sleeping bags on their return, the volunteers who helped gather the sleeping bags. The invisibles campaign has taken off with great gusto, even going as far as coverage from STV a special thanks to David Bateman who ran with the story, previous coverage from Ginny Clark at Westendreport.com. What started off as a blog (rant) has become a reality...the group who run See the Invisibles are uber enthusiastic, I was appointed chairman but…Read more

T IN THE PARK APPEAL

GOING TO T IN THE PARK ? Can you protect the countryside AND help the ihomeless ? Have a fantastic time - enjoy the music and enjoy the camping.....but see when it's all over, please remember that some people sleep outside all the time. If you were planning to dump your sleeping bag, could you consider brining it home ? We will arrange collection points at Buchanan street bus station on Sunday night and Monday morning. We will wash them and make sure they go to someone who needs them. Thank you, enjoy yourself…Read more
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