About this Site
The Homeless Information Pages (HIP) project was run by Glasgow Homelessness Network.
The HIP Project was set up in 2002 to address the lack of accurate and accessible information for homeless people in Glasgow. The original version of this website was produced to fill that gap.
What soon became clear was that the barriers of Internet access and IT skills could prevent homeless people from accessing the information on the website, so the idea of a mobile IT outreach unit was born.
As well as this website, the HIP Project provided an IT capacity building service to voluntary sector organisations connected with homelessness in Glasgow.
We worked with each organisation for six months. The aim was to build the IT capacity of the organisation to enable it to provide supported access to computers for service users.
We worked with organisations to identify sources of funding and help with applications for funds to buy IT equipment provide one computer session a week for service users using our mobile equipment provide ongoing training to staff members and service user volunteers with the aim of allowing the sessions to continue after the six month period had ended. The organisations we worked with included:
- Blue Triangle Housing Association
- The Mungo Foundation
- Glasgow Simon Community
- Wayside Day Centre
- Lodging House Mission
Unfortunately, the funding for the project came to an end in March 2008, so the mobile outreach unit can no longer be seen trundling in and out of projects in Glasgow…
The website continues to be funded and managed by Glasgow Homelessness Network as an information resource and directory of services for both people affected by homelessness in the city, as well as staff in the field.