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Street Soccer Scotland’s David Duke: “The long term plan is no homelessness in Scotland, and I totally back that”

This year, Scotland is the place to be for charities, social entrepreneurs and purpose-driven businesses. The INSP Talks, an event at The Lighthouse as part of the INSP Global Street Paper Summit, hosted in Glasgow this week, will be dedicated to the country’s social business scene, as well as showcase social enterprises run by street papers. In addition, the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF), an international gathering for people involved in social enterprises across the planet to come together, share ideas and learn from each other about the future of their sector, is being hosted in Edinburgh in September. As a media partner for the SEWF, INSP is bringing you a series of conversations conducted with the folks behind some of the brightest social businesses involved in the event. David Duke has first-hand experience of what it’s like to be homeless and a lack of purpose, he says, can keep a person from finding their way out of a desperate situation. His organisation, Street Soccer Scotland, gives them an opportunity to find that purpose.

Takin’ it to the streets

As the final round of group games comes to a close, street papers across our international network are still in the grip of World Cup fever. Down under, The Big Issue Australia’s Anastasia Safioleas writes about their Community Street Soccer Program, further proving the transformative power of the beautiful game.

From Russia with love: To show initiative and be in the minority

As Russia prepares this week to welcome legions of soccer fans to the country for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, editor of St Petersburg street paper Put Domoi, Arkady Tyurin, reflects on the life of a street paper in Russia, its vendors, the homeless population, and how the international tournament will affect them.

“The Homeless World Cup gave me ambition back in my life”

Scottish Homeless World Cup star Stephanie has beaten addiction & homelessness to play for her country. She’s competed in front of thousands of fans, including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

“Aussie team spirit” for Big Issue’s Socceroos at Homeless World Cup

In the midst of the tournament, we learn how The Big Issue Australia helped seven players bring the infectious “Aussie team spirit” to the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow. The experience has already rendered goalkeeper Shannon “speechless”.

Student cycles 2,000 miles to Euros to support Northern Irish Homeless World Cup team

Northern Irish football fan Stephen Collins raised more than £3,000 to help Street Soccer NI compete in this year’s Homeless World Cup – by cycling to his home squad’s fixtures at Euro 2016.

Homeless World Cup Glasgow: full draw revealed ahead of 2016 contest

This summer, over 500 players from 52 nations will gather in Glasgow for the 14th Homeless World Cup – but who will they be up against? Check out the full draw for the “life-changing” tournament.

Designer boost for Homeless World Cup from social business T-shirt firm

Homeless World Cup fans can now display their support for the tournament, whilst raising money to support its work, with designer T-shirts from social business Hopeful Traders. PLUS! Find out what the tournament will look like in Glasgow.

Amputee football on the rise in Europe with Paralympics the ultimate goal

Ever heard of amputee football? INSP talks to players, coaches and advocates about promoting the sport worldwide, and their ultimate goal – inclusion in the Paralympic Games.

Homeless World Cup to be held in Glasgow this July

64 teams, representing 51 countries, are expected to compete in George Square, in the heart of Glasgow – and just round the corner from INSP HQ!