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thePavement is the free magazine for the UK's homeless people
We are committed to publishing objective reportage, tailored to a homeless readership, and to publicising the complete range of services available to homeless people, to reduce hardship amongst our readers and to enable them to guide their future.
We believe that drives to produce homogenous services for homeless people are misguided, and that a range of service types and sizes are the only way to cater successfully for our diverse readership.
We believe that sleeping rough is physically and mentally harmful; however, we do not preach to those who chosen to, nor do we believe that all options to get off the streets are necessarily beneficial to long-term health and happiness.
The Rights Guide for Rough Sleepers outlines your rights around arrest, stop and search, answering police questions, move-ons, no-drinking zones, sleeping rough, taking a pee in public and highway obstruction. It was put together by The Pavement, Housing Justice, Liberty and Zacchaeus 2000.
If your benefits have been sanctioned (cut off or reduced) and you feel this is unfair, you can appeal. Print this letter and hand it in at the office where you sign on. If you feel you need more advice about sanctions, contact Zacchaeus 2000 or your nearest Citizen’s Advice Bureau. And let us know at The Pavement!
If you are a journalist with some free time to research and write stories for the magazine, please contact us . For other volunteering opportunities, please approach organisations listed on our Services pages or your local volunteer centre
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We are thrilled to have a superb line-up for our fundraiser on 11 September at the Pleasance Theatre. Comedians Robin Ince and Stewart Lee will be joined by cabaret artists Barb Jungr, and Tom Read Wilson & Gary Albert Hughes.
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“They fuck you up, your mum and dad/They may not mean to, but they do.” The reality is more complicated than Phillip Larkin’s best infamous and darkly comic poem ‘This be the Verse’ suggests. But the fact remains that family breakdown is the most common reason given by young people for becoming homeless.
About two thirds of...
Our Glasgow Word On The Street project went so well that we are now running it in London. Véronique Mistiaen, lecturer and human rights journalist, led the second session, 'How to tell your own story'. you can read more about the project on her blog, The Right Human. Check out the trainees' blog to follow their progress from newbie to news hound.
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Our Glasgow-based Word on the Street team of reporters and photographers – along with London guest writers, who also have experience of the homelessness – has been working hard on a special edition that tells it how it is: benefit sanctions, a cartoon about hostel life and how football can change the world, for starters. The WOTS team is: Iain Alan, Brenda Brown, Brian Dobbie, Jason Kelly, Peter Kelly, Jim Little, Caroline McCue, Alex McKay, Patrick O’Hare and Roddy Woods. Thanks, team!
Wow. The Pavement’s Homeless City Guide, which appears in every issue of the magazine, has made it into New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
Politics.co.uk has reported that anti-homeless protesters in Manchester looking to challenge an injunction from the banning them from camping in the centre of the city have been denied access to legal aid. This effectively prevents them, or their legal representative, from challenging the decision.
In a statement, Ben Taylor, the solicitor representing the group, questioned the morality of the situation: "The government’s decision to restrict legal aid means that the most vulnerable people in society are deprived the opportunity to challenge the court’s decision. The Legal Aid Agency and the Ministry of Justice should be ashamed of themselves."
The Manchester Evening News has obtained a copy of the ruling, which states that rough sleepers are not allowed to pitch tents or ‘other movable temporary forms of accommodation’, although it permits the use of sleeping bags and blankets, benches, doorways or bus shelters, as well as hostels and charity-provided spaces.
As well as having the power to send in bailiffs to evict people from multiple city centre locations, including St Ann’s Square and Castleford, the city council can prosecute anyone breaking the injunction, with a maximum sentence for offenders set at two years in prison.
Speaking to the Salford Star, Wesley Dove, one of the members of the group, suggested: “The court judgement never considered the lives and well-being of the people of the camp and where they are supposed to go now. We did not create the homelessness problem, but we are a vital part of the solution.”
"Nothing says "keep out” to a person more than rows of sharpened buttplugs laid out to stop people from enjoying or using public space." These are the words of Better Than Spikes, a group of young artists who have expressed their outrage at anti-homeless spikes on Tumblr – specifically, the latest outcrop outside former nightclub Plastic People in Shoreditch London.
Through the simple act of sticking a soft comfy mattress on top of the spikes they have diffused an act of meanness and hostility. The bed and bookcase, stocked for passing occupants, instead engender kindness, warmth and inclusion.
The group are opposed to the gentrification of an area that used to be synonymous with budding but not especially affluent young artists. They are angered by the injustice surrounding the control of space in our cities. They said:
“Living in a city, we bumble along from place to place in tightly martialed lines. We’re told where we can walk, where we can sit, where we are welcome but only if we spend money. Or have it.
"Now, we’re looking at poor doors and architecture designed to keep them 'right’ people in and the 'wrong’ people out. Regardless of whether you own, rent or even have a home, the streets are ours.
"Space, Not Spikes came from the anger of public/private space inequity. We chose the Curtain Road location because of its resonance with artists. Round the corner and down the road were the studios and spaces used by artists who couldn’t afford anywhere else to live and work. This particular site is where the nightclub Plastic People used to live. It had a Vietnamese restaurant on top of it that vibrated on weekends. Now, we have spikes."
Pictures and videos can be found at http://betterthanspikes.tumblr.com
Emmaus Merseyside, a charity working to end homelessness, is calling on kind-hearted locals and businesses to support its ‘Sponsor a Bed’ campaign, which it launched this week.
The campaign aims to fund beds in its Seaforth community building, which houses people who would otherwise be homeless. The charity is looking for donations which will not only provide homeless people with accommodation but also support services and vocational training to help people rebuild their lives.
Emmaus Merseyside is looking to support one homeless person every month for the next few years. The overall cost involved in supporting a ‘companion’, as residents in Emmaus housing are known, is £5,000 and will involve a homeless person living and working at the charity’s Merseyside base.
It also runs a social enterprise on Sandy Road in Seaforth, taking in and selling donated and upcycled furniture, household goods and vintage goods, which helped the charity raise the money needed to operate the new community building.
Nigel Mellor, Chair of Emmaus Merseyside said: “With homelessness on the rise, the need to support homeless people has never been greater.”
”Emmaus Merseyside is able to provide people with the support they need to get back on their feet again. This can include anything from a stable roof over their head, a worthwhile reason for them to get out of bed, a daily routine and training or development opportunities.” The charity is working with social housing provider, Riverside, to complete the purpose-built accommodation that is due to be handed over in August. Jenni, a companion at neighbouring Emmaus Salford, added: “Emmaus is an opportunity to live instead of surviving. It has given me confidence, a new beginning and a life.” To support Emmaus Merseyside’s Sponsor a Bed campaign head to www.emmaus.org.uk/merseyside/bed