Invisible Cities is a social enterprise, currently operating in four UK cities which trains people who have experienced homelessness to become walking tour guides in their own city. Head of Invisible (Manchester) Alice Sparks joined inspire* and has since met a range of like minded CEO's all facing similar challenges within the sector.
"We train people affected by homelessness to become walking tour guides of their own city and offer these alternative tours to tourists and locals, we don't believe in stereotypes or labels but believe that everyone has great potential" Alice says of the Invisible model.
Invisible Manchester offers training in the form of workshops covering confidence building, customer service and public speaking. After completing this, guides are matched with a volunteer to help design and create the content of a personal and unique tour of the city.
They then practice their tours and with larger groups and once fully comfortable take bookings to host tours for the general public.
Through this programme, Invisible aims to raise awareness about homelessness, and through the tours, they work to change perceptions and break down the stigma.
Tours available on Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at 2pm, on request for larger parties.
Please visit www.invisible-cities.org for more information or to book a tour.