The Blankfaces is a Glasgow-based social enterprise fashion label that works with people experiencing homelessness on design ideas to create stylish streetwear with a message. INSP spoke to its founder Gerard McKenzie-Govan about the impetus behind the business and giving an outlet for the homeless community’s creative spirit.
With the INSP Global Street Paper Summit in Glasgow this week, it’s a great opportunity to hear from one of the city’s vendors. Daniel is a familiar face in the west end of Glasgow, and you might even recognise him from past stories featured in the INSP website and News Service. He even went viral not that long ago. Here, he tells us how he came to be a Big Issue vendor, getting back into education and his love of graphic novels.
Popular Glasgow vendor Daniel Collins has turned his Glasgow wit and wisdom into a poem that contributes to a nationwide discussion on land and housing.
Children from a remote primary school on the isle of Mull examine how housing and rural land use affects their lives.
Street paper vendors were at the heart of a message of dignity and love at the launch of INSP’s street paper cover exhibition UNCOVERED: still homeless, still an issue, hosted in Glasgow.
George has had quite a few housing problems over the past year and he was finding it difficult to get by. But selling The Big Issue gave him a boost. “I’ll do a wee dance on my pitch and the staff inside Starbucks will chuckle,” he says.
World first exhibition of street paper design and global vendors’ stories to open in The Lighthouse this February for #VendorWeek.
Thirty volunteers brave sub-zero temperatures to support outreach and addition services in Scotland. “It’s about trying to do away with the stigma around homelessness,” says Teen Challenge Strathclyde’s Michael Sturrock.
From a TARDIS’ on Edinburgh’s famous Leith Walk to award-winning sustainable business, Edinburgh Tool Library is one of Scotland’s social enterprise stories of the year
As the UK celebrates its official Organ Donation Awareness Week, we talk to Chloe Knott, the co-founder of Transplant Toys. Herself the recipient of a kidney transplant, Chloe has a unique crafty way to draw attention to organ donation.
Big Issue vendors, asylum seekers and primary school children will contribute to a new nationwide arts project discussing land and housing in Scotland.
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.
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”.
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.
Ex-Big Issue vendor Joel Hodgson went from sleeping rough in London to working for one of the city’s top law firms, thanks to The Big Issue Foundation. He shares his inspirational story and explains why he’s supporting The Big London Night Walk tomorrow.
Nicola Sturgeon says she does not want charities treated as “irksome protestors” in wake of new UK government rules on lobbying.