Behind the Scenes
A few years ago I attended a talk about The Sock Mob and felt inspired by what they were doing. I immediately joined the group on meetup.com and am fortunate to have met some truly courageous and inspirational people both as part of the Sock Mob and also the homeless people we have met on our walks. We all have great ambitions for the future of Unseen Tours and Sock Mob Events and I feel very privileged to be involved as a tour guide coach and events organiser.
Before I moved to London 4 years ago I had never really encountered homelessness before. Seeing people out on the streets left me feeling deeply uncomfortable, and so I would do my best to ignore or avoid them. But destiny had other plans for me and 3 months after moving to the big city, I found myself working for a homeless charity. I’ve met some truly amazing and inspiring people who have been, or continue to be homeless Londoners. Unseen Tours has given me an opportunity to strengthen these relationships and develop new skills of my own. I’m immensely proud to be a part of Unseen Tours.
Seven years after I first stepped out on the streets of London with a group of friends to meet with London’s homeless, hear their stories and share some of their time, I’m thrilled and humbled to be a part of Unseen Tours. Coaching our guides and building the vision with them has given my life much meaning and joy. I hope it will do the same for all who walk with us.
I’m truly honored to be a part of the Unseen Tours. As one of the coaches for the Temple tour its incredible to have seen the progress that Viv and Mark have made to get the tour ready in a very short period of time. I beam with pride every time that I see them put it on. As the Buddy Co-Ordinator, I ensure that the guides who have requested buddies have a friendly face to go on the tour with them. Its been challenging at times but its has been incredibly rewarding. I wouldn’t change the experience for anything!
“Buddies” are volunteers that go along on some of our tours to support the guides. They provide not only a familiar face to welcome to the guide and greet the group but also help ensure that the tours runs smoothly.
With special thanks to Paul, Stephen, Geeta, Andy, Patrick and everyone else how has helped make this venture happen.