Glasgow City Council, supported by council leader Gordon Matheson, has agreed to support our work to fight homelessness in Scotland and around the world.
The Council has awarded us a one-year grant to support our headquarters in in Glasgow, with a further two-year grant offered in principle. Councillor Gordon Matheson said: “INSP is one of the world’s largest social enterprise networks and it is based here in Glasgow. We are immensely proud to host such a dynamic organisation which does such good work supporting street papers – like Scotland’s Big Issue – and 14,000 homeless vendors worldwide. The launch of the new street paper in Greece – which was given significant support and guidance by INSP – is the latest example of how INSP helps some of our communities’ most vulnerable people, around the world, as well as in Glasgow.”
Our Executive Director Lisa Maclean said: “We are absolutely delighted that Glasgow City Council will be supporting INSP over the next three years. Alongside the Lord Provost – one of our Patrons – we look forward to developing our partnership with the Council, to have a significant impact on street papers and homeless people in Scotland and worldwide. Glasgow City Council joins the Scottish Government as core supporter of INSP and we are eager to develop partnerships with other like-minded partners and supporters for the benefit of homeless people everywhere”.
The pledge of support from the Council follows a particularly successful period for us. As well as being named ‘Social Enterprise Supporter of the Year’ at both the Scottish and UK Social Enterprise Awards last year,we recently learned that we have been short-listed in the European Social Innovation Competition – winners to be announced in May.