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The Blankfaces: The fashion label subverting the ‘bleeding heart’ of homelessness

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.

Our vendors: Daniel (The Big Issue, Glasgow, UK)

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.

Big Issue vendor Daniel adds poetic voice to national conversation on housing

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.

Listen: Mull children create radio play about rural land use

Children from a remote primary school on the isle of Mull examine how housing and rural land use affects their lives.

INSP’s UNCOVERED street paper cover exhibition launches with a message of “dignity and love”

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.

Our vendors: George Whyte (The Big Issue, Edinburgh, UK)

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.

First ever exhibition of street paper design hits Glasgow for #VendorWeek

World first exhibition of street paper design and global vendors’ stories to open in The Lighthouse this February for #VendorWeek.

Week long sleep out on Glasgow streets raises money for city’s homeless

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.

Edinburgh Tool Library: improving lives by changing the drill of community sharing

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

Transplant Toys: the Glasgow-based sister act that’s raising organ donation awareness

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.

INSP partners with theatre company in nationwide conversation about housing in Scotland

Big Issue vendors, asylum seekers and primary school children will contribute to a new nationwide arts project discussing land and housing in Scotland.

“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”.

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.

Former Big Issue vendor’s journey from the streets to Fleet Street

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.

Scotland’s First Minister backs charities’ free speech

Nicola Sturgeon says she does not want charities treated as “irksome protestors” in wake of new UK government rules on lobbying.