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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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Join The Pavement's team of runners for Run to the Beat, London’s unique music 10K running event on Sunday, 14 September. Live DJs will pump out motivational tunes all around the route, and the headline act will be waiting at the finish for you to join the party. It will be like nothing you have ever experienced at a running event. Free entry. Fundraising target £200.
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If you fancy art, music and food created by homeless and ex-homeless people in the East End, come to the second Dellow Nights event on Thursday 14th August, 6pm–9pm.
Do you think it’s about time society listened more to what homeless people had to say? The Pavement thinks so. And we're looking for people with direct experience of homelessness to form our brand new Reader’s Panel.
Panel members’ views and opinions will help shape the future development of the magazine. You’ll be asked to take part in surveys and focus groups, planning and feedback sessions, either online, over the phone or face-to-face. We’ll give you lots of support to help you to influence what we cover and how we do it.
And there may also be an opportunity to get involved in training and other events.
So what’s stopping you?
Get in touch and find out more: email@example.com
Are you a homeless writer? The SASH writing competition is looking for work on the theme of homelessness, written in any genre with a maximum of 3000 words. They encourage entries from those who are or have been homeless. The winner and runners- up will have their pieces published on the SASH website, and the winner gets a five-day residential writing course at the Arvon Foundation, where you will be taught by leading authors.
Have you had your benefits cut off? Get in touch with Karin - thank you.
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.
A church in Los Angeles has pressed charges against a homeless man who was caught stealing around $2.25-worth of cookies from the First Baptist Church of Royal Palm Beach.
According to a report in the Palm Beach Post, the homeless man had been looking for assistance from the church when he entered the building and was caught stealing the cookies from a jar by the cleaner.
After discussions between police and church members, it was decided that the church would press charges. The man was then arrested and held in custody.
The church defended its decision, saying police would help the man get the help he needed.
A new survey has found that four out of 10 homeless people in Tokyo, Japan, have been attacked or threatened in the street.
The research, conducted by the Independent Life Support Center Moyai, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people living in poverty in Japan, found homeless people reported that the constant threat of violent attack made their living conditions seem worse.
The homeless people interviewed were on average about 60 years old. About 40 per cent of the respondents said the attackers were either children or youths, usually with at least two perpetrators.
Some of them were assaulted with fireworks, steel pipes or other objects, while others were punched and kicked. They also suffered verbal abuse and threats, and often had their possessions set on fire.
According to the metropolitan government, Tokyo officially had 1,768 homeless people as of January, though independent researchers claim it is as high as 5,000.
The crime rate in Japan has historically been low, but has been rising in recent years.
A hairstylist from an upscale salon in New York City has been spending his day off cutting the hair of homeless people, it has emerged.
Mark Bustos is a hair stylist at a smart salon in New York City. But not all his clients need to be wealthy, according to the Huffington Post.
Bustos spends every Sunday – his only day off from work – venturing through the city in search of anyone in need who'd appreciate a haircut. Approaching each person with the same, simple phrase – "I want to do something nice for you today" – Bustos provides cuts to up to six people every Sunday, capturing pictures of often unkempt people he’s given a make-over to on the streets. The pictures of the transformations are posted on his Instagram account and have now received global attention.
Bustos has been cutting hair for those who can’t afford it since May 2012, when he travelled to the Philippines to visit family members. While he was abroad, he rented a barber shop chair from the shop’s owner to provide services to impoverished children in need of a fresh look.
“The feeling was so rewarding, I decided to bring the positive energy back to NYC,” Bustos, 30, told the Huffington Post. He has also given haircuts to those who need but can’t afford them, in Jamaica, Costa Rica and Los Angeles, as well as his home town in the States.