Our Mission

ABOUT

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

We partner with national homeless charity CRISIS to deliver training around the history of the beautiful city of Edinburgh, build self confidence and a proficiency in public speaking.  

THE TEAM

Our 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.

You can meet each of our guides by following this link!


Founder - Zakia Moulaoui

Zakia is from France and has been living in Scotland for 8 years where she has worked with local and international charities, mostly organisations working with homeless people. After working as Director of International Partner Development at the Homeless World Cup Foundation, a global network of street soccer projects, she is now an International Development Consultant.

She is also the Founder of Invisible Edinburgh, a Scottish social enterprise that trains local people who have experienced homelessness to become walking tour guides of their cities. They offer local and social tours, connecting tourists and locals with places that make the city what it is.

Zakia wants to create change around the stigma surrounding homelessness worldwide and bring people together, no matter their backgrounds, stories or problems.

IMPACT

All of our guides have experienced homelessness before and we believe:

  • Homelessness is not always what people think.
  • People don't need to sleep rough to be considered homeless. They can be staying with friends, in B&Bs or in hostels.  
  • Homelessness can and does happen to everyone for all sorts of reasons such as.loss of  a job, health issues, family breakdown etc.

At Invisible Edinburgh we know this and want to share our view that at the end of the day, people are people. We want to create a dialogue between the public and our guides.

OUR WONDERFUL SPONSORS

Charity partner: Crisis

Funders: Edinburgh Airport UnLtd

Supported by

  • Unltd
  • Edinburgh Aiport

As seen on

  • BBC
  • Les InRocks
  • Daily Record