Meet the Team

At Invisible Edinburgh we don’t believe in labels or stereotypes. We want to show that everyone has great potential, a fact reflected in our tour guides.

Each of our talented tour guides have experience of homelessness or social disadvantage. They have seen Edinburgh from many more angles than the average tour guide can offer, be it the famous landmarks or the social enterprises that make this great city what it is. Meet the team below:

Biffy

Biffy - Powerful Women of Edinburgh

Hi, My name is Biffy I am 27 and I am a tour guide at Invisible (Edinburgh). My tours are based on powerful women of Edinburgh and also a different side of the city where I will show you charities and projects who help homeless people. I was homeless too, I used to never have a permanent place to stay, never knowing what to do next.

I became addicted to heroin a few years ago but after being caught for shoplifting, I had to get myself clean and I kicked my habit! I have a daughter with my partner Sonny (another Invisible (Edinburgh) guide) Charlotte. I got pregnant when I was getting myself clean and it made me even more motivated to succeed! I also volunteer at Social Bite, a chain of Sandwich Shop with a difference, we feed the homeless on a regular basis. This is where I met Zakia (Invisible Edinburgh’s founder and boss lady!) As soon as I heard about the project, I was immediately excited about it! We have three other guides who will show you another side of their Edinburgh. All of our tours are unique and exciting. I hope to see you soon in Edinburgh! Love, Biffy x

Sonny1

Sonny - Crimes and Punishment

Hi, my name is Sonny! Thank you for showing interest in my tour and my story. I am very proud to be part of the team at Invisible (Edinburgh) as this is a city I was homeless in a few years ago and so I know parts of Edinburgh you probably don’t.

My tour is based on Crimes and Punishment as I have experienced prison myself (though for minor crimes) and Edinburgh is full of stories of murders, gangsters and prisoners!

A few years ago, my life took a bad turn and I was homeless on the streets of Edinburgh. My girlfriend (Biffy-another tour guide at Invisible Edinburgh) and I were addicted to Heroin but we are now both clean and very much looking forward to what the future is bringing. Today I also work with Social Bite, a chain of sandwich shop with a difference. 1in 4 members of staff come from a homelessness background and we give out a lot of food and money back to charity.

I look forward to seeing you in my tour, I promise we will have fun and we will see a side of the capital that will amaze you! Love, Sonny

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