Shelter Scotland

‘I need help’ button wins housing crisis ‘hackathon’

Scotland’s first housing crisis hackathon has been won by a team who created an ‘I Need Help’ button to signpost people facing homelessness or bad housing to the nearest available resources that could help them.

Published 10 August 2016

Blog: Antonia Bird: Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

This month the Filmhouse in Edinburgh are presenting a season celebrating the work of British director Antonia Bird. The season includes a rare screening of the 1993 film Safe, starring (amongst others) Robert Carlyle as a homeless Scot trying to eke out an existence on the streets of London.

Published 10 August 2016

Rise of Airbnb ‘exacerbating Scotland’s housing crisis’

Calls are growing for local and national authorities to intervene into the increasing use of short-term letting sites which many believe are having a negative effect on Scotland’s housing market.

Published 8 August 2016

Giant Miss Piggy statue raises smiles and cash at charity shop’s birthday bash

A six foot tall papier mâché model of Muppets favourite Miss Piggy has become a temporary Motherwell landmark after being loaned out to mark the first birthday of a local charity shop.

Published 5 August 2016

Scotland’s councils worried about impact of more cuts to homeless services, report finds

The standard of accommodation and the quality of services provided for homeless people are under threat from funding cuts to Scotland’s councils, housing charity Shelter Scotland has warned after new research was published yesterday.

Published 3 August 2016

Blog: Homelessness services – accept the cuts or find new ways of funding them?

By Rosemary Brotchie, policy and research manager for Shelter Scotland

Published 3 August 2016

Blog: Right-to-Buy – a welcome obituary

A welcome obituary for Right to Buy in Scotland, from Shelter Scotland director Graeme Brown.

Published 2 August 2016

Final days of Right to Buy in Scotland

The right of tenants to buy their council houses in Scotland will finally come to an end this week.

Published 29 July 2016

First ‘hackathon’ to try and solve problems caused by Scotland’s housing crisis

A gathering of computer coders, designers and housing professionals is set to create new digital solutions to some of Scotland’s most pressing housing issues.

Published 26 July 2016

Art haul worth £2000 donated to Highland charity shop

Staff and volunteers at an Inverness charity shop were left stunned after an art haul worth an estimated £2000 was gifted by a local care home.

Published 26 July 2016

New research reveals Scottish public’s concerns regarding empty homes

Scotland's local authorities have been urged to be more pro-active in tackling the problem of empty homes after a new survey revealed that 75 per cent of Scots think vacant properties are a direct cause of anti-social behaviour.

Published 22 July 2016

Blog: Calling BME groups in Glasgow for a new private renting project

Community Intern, with Shelter Scotland, Chidem Enkeshafi writes about his time with the charity examining private renting in Scotland and the common issues surrounding private renting in Scotland. 

Published 18 July 2016

Penniless comedian travels 600 miles to help homeless

A comedian has travelled over 600 miles without a penny to his name to raise money for charity.

Published 15 July 2016

Blog: We’re hacking housing – join us!

By Conrad Rossouw, digital manager for Shelter Scotland

Published 14 July 2016

Scots charity shop man beats stiff competition to scoop top UK award

An Edinburgh man who helped to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for homeless and badly housed people in Scotland has been named the UK’s top charity shop worker.

Published 14 July 2016