Mummified cat and loose teeth among donations made to Shelter Scotland shops

A full dominatrix set, a china doll with a lock of human hair glued under its clothes, a mummified cat, loose teeth with the roots still attached and 40 life-sized plastic pigeons are just some of the strange donations made to Scotland’s national housing and homelessness charity.

Published 21 June 2016

Blog: Priorities for addressing youth homelessness in Scotland

After addressing the international youth homelessness conference organised by The Rock Trust, Dr Beth Watts summarises her take on what the priorities should be in developing services for young people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

Published 13 June 2016

English council buys one-way train tickets to move on rough sleepers

A local authority in England has been criticised for its policy of buying one-way train tickets for homeless people to move them out the area.

Published 6 June 2016

Blochairn director sleeps rough for the homeless

Blochairn Housing Association director, Michael Carberry, joined 40 other volunteers to sleep rough last month to raise funds to help vulnerable, homeless people in Glasgow.

Published 3 June 2016

Dundee to host Scotland’s first Musicians Against Homelessness gig

Dundee has been confirmed as the host of the country’s first gig to battle homelessness.

Published 30 May 2016

Muslim community offers free food for Aberdeen's homeless

The Muslim community in Aberdeen is to hand out freshly-cooked Asian meals to help the city's homeless or anyone suffering hardship.

Published 25 May 2016

Cyclists saddle up to raise £10,000 to help homeless people

Cycling enthusiasts from across Scotland are set to descend on Kelso to take on the gruelling challenge of cycling either 50 or 100 miles to raise money to help homeless and badly housed people in Scotland.

Published 24 May 2016

STV to broadcast 2016 Homeless World Cup

STV has been announced as the home broadcaster of the 2016 Homeless World Cup which comes to Glasgow in July.

Published 24 May 2016

Sleep Rough Night raises 4k for Glasgow’s homeless

The Marie Trust has hailed the success of its first sleep rough night which raised £4,000 for vital Day Centre services with every penny used to help homeless people in Glasgow.

Published 24 May 2016

Lack of social housing ‘pushing thousands into poverty and homelessness’

Thousands of Scots are being pushed into poverty and homelessness because of higher private rental costs as a direct result of failures to protect the country’s social housing stock, a think tank has found.

Published 19 May 2016

Funding gives former homeless chance to volunteer at Homeless World Cup

A new initiative offering formerly homeless people the chance to volunteer at the 2016 Homeless World Cup has scored a Big Lottery Fund grant of £343,353.

Published 19 May 2016

Church leader urges governments to do more to tackle ‘damning indictment’ of homelessness in Scotland

The scale of homelessness in Scotland is a “damning indictment” on modern society and politicians must do much more to tackle the problem, a Church leader has said.

Published 18 May 2016

Edinburgh charity launches walking tours guided by city’s former homeless people

Tourists visiting Scotland's capital city can be treated to walking tours with a difference thanks to an initiative by a local charity.

Published 18 May 2016

Edinburgh clinic for homeless people faces closure

Residents of Edinburgh's Old Town have leapt to the defence of local homeless people amid fears a health clinic could close to make way for a new hotel and leisure development.

Published 17 May 2016

Perth & Kinross Council’s homelessness services rated as ‘excellent’

The housing support service provided by Perth & Kinross Council has been praised in a report from the Care Inspectorate following an unannounced inspection in March.

Published 17 May 2016