It’s “T” Time – Sleeping Bag Update

  Well, it’s that time of year again when thousands flock to Scotland’s most popular music festival and we are inundated with enquiries regarding unwanted sleeping bags. We have been offered a very large donation of sleeping bags from Tangerine Fields, which we will collect on the 14th July and store for distribution later in the year; this negates the need for collection points at Buchanan Street Bus Station and on site at the festival. The success of last year’s collection was supplemented by the very successful Glasgow Rucksack Project and all the…Read more
The Invisibles Wish List Appeal

The Invisibles Wish List Appeal

We are launching a campaign for the month of June for the most needed items of Men’s underwear,     socks and belts through our Amazon Wish list:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/ls/ref=aw_wl_ov_edit_notes?ie=UTF8&filter&lid=2HDMGVIHY2WD1&p=1&reveal=unpurchased&sort=priority If you purchase a pack of men’s boxer shorts for example, they are delivered directly to our storage unit in Dalmarnock, then our Volunteers distribute them to the Charities and Outreach teams in Glasgow who are working to alleviate homelessness in our city. We trialled the wish list earlier this year and it has been a tremendous success, through your generosity, organisations such as Destiny’s Angels,…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
The Invisibles And The Spirit Of Walfrid

The Invisibles And The Spirit Of Walfrid

We are delighted to be one of the good causes who will benefit from a share of the profits from The Spirit Of Walfrid fundraising album. The bands and tracklist look great. You can follow our friends @CelticNetwork15 for updates. The album will be released on 10/04/2015 and we hope it's a great success. Here's some info: The app comprises of: Spirit of Walfrid media player Information and links about our good causes Information and links about the bands and Artists Images supplied by Celtic supporters All audio files The good causes to benefit…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

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