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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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I spent nearly five years homeless, including a stint on the street. So you’d think I’d know about night shelters. But I didn’t know much. Only while writing this did I realise I didn’t go because, with the twisted logic of someone who really needed help, I didn’t think I deserved somewhere safe to stay.
It was coming up to Christmas 2007 and I was living on the streets of London. I had never heard of Crisis at Christmas before and I honestly did not know what I would be doing; I’d thought about going to Connections [a city centre day centre] but, frankly, I didn’t even know if it would...
Would to use your life experience to make a difference? Groundswell and The Pavement Magazine are working together on a new project. It’s called From the Ground Up and we need your help.
We’re looking for committed, enthusiastic volunteers with personal experience of homelessness to train to become Peer Journalists. We will provide training to help you interview others about the issues they are facing and report on them in the Pavement magazine.
Your lived experience of the issue will help give you insight, but we can give you the tools to help you best express the problems you encounter. We need London-based volunteers to help us raise awareness and drive the changes that will make the lives of homeless people better. Could that be you?
Find out more here or contact Karin@thepavement.org.uk with any questions. Please apply by Friday 2nd September 2016
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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.
St Mungo’s released the second phase of their Stop the Scandal campaign this week. It forms part of their investigation into mental health and rough sleeping in the UK.
The report finds that mental health services in a third of UK areas with 10 or more rough sleepers are not adequately provisioned.
“People who sleep rough with mental health problems are 50 per cent more likely to get stuck on the streets,” say St Mungo’s.
Nights are getting longer and it’s even more dangerous to be on the streets. The number of people sleeping rough in England has more than doubled since 2010. The figure stood at more than 3,500 on any given night in autumn 2015.
Mental health is a pressing issue for homeless people and the figures show that 40 per cent of rough sleepers have a mental health problem. Those with a mental health problem experience even more difficulties if they are forced to sleep on the street.
“Out of the clients we spoke to, many had mental problems when they found themselves on the streets, and most told us that their mental health got worse as a result of sleeping rough.”
Eight of the 21 people interviewed for the report could relate a time they had attempted or considered suicide. Even more shockingly, 129 people who were seen sleeping rough in London between April 2010 and March 2016 died within the same year they were seen on the street.
People with mental health problems often fall through the gaps in legislation and local services. Specialist mental health services can provide effective treatment and support for people sleeping rough.
The report dives into 5 principles that can transform services St Mungo’s have learned from people with lived experience of sleeping rough.
Groundswell and the Pavement have joined forces to start a new journalism project that aims to help homeless people speak up on the issues that matter.
In the joint project ‘From the Ground Up’, homeless people will be supported by journalists to highlight and write about the most important issues they are facing in their lives.
From the Ground Up, funded by Comic Relief for three years, will involve training people who have experience of homelessness to be peer journalists, writing for the magazine. The new writers will join existing Pavement writers with lived experience of homelessness, using their first hand knowledge as a starting point for articles.
Julz, one of 10 peer journalists on the project, said: “Having been homeless myself, I’m interested in helping other homeless people. From the Ground Up is exciting as it will give us a chance to highlight the issues that people on the street face. Things are getting harder and harder for people to survive, and I hope that we can start to find some solutions.”
So far, peer journalists have been out and about talking to people about the issues affecting them in day centres, drop-ins, on the street and beyond. And we’ve been demanding answers to tough questions from policy makers and service providers too.
Stephan, another peer journalist on the project, explained: “I think that people feel that if you are homeless, you don’t have any rights. Exploring the problems homeless people have and writing about them in the Pavement means that people can better understand their rights.
Early next year, Groundswell will also be running the first of six Action Days, which will bring together volunteers, homeless people, service staff and policy makers to look at the issues that have been highlighted. Our next two issues will feature their first articles.
Karin Goodwin, editor of the Pavement, said: “This project combines the expertise of homeless people with that of the journalists working alongside them. “It allows them to tell the stories that matter in new ways.”
Martin Burrows, project manager at Groundswell, said: “Groundswell aims to deliver genuine, long-term change to homeless people through improved services and policy, and reduced discrimination. We see this as one way to help do just that.”
If you'd like to find out how you can get involved, email email@example.com
A Museum of Homelessness, a new London-based project that aims to use stories, objects and art to help people better understand homelessness, has been launched.
For one day only (16 November), the “pop-up” museum co-founded by Matt and Jess Turtle took over the Museum of Immigration and Diversity to explore homelessness in the UK. Further exhibitions and events are planned soon.
The date, 50 years after the release of Ken Loach’s film Cathy Come Home, is no coincidence. As Jess explained: “We reflected on the themes in the film and asked why things haven’t changed 50 years on? Why are people still going through things that are similar – or worse – than what Cathy went through?”
It’s taken two years for the project to get to this stage. It started when Jess and Matt were given access to the archives of the Simon Community in London, a charity that led to the founding of some of the largest homelessness organisations active today.
Now the Museum is a registered charity and the project has developed a set of values to shape its future.
Matt Turtle explained: “The most important thing is that making the invisible visible. We will show all the different aspects of the homelessness experience in history. It’s really about connecting the dots and showing that homelessness is a big part of society.”
The museum also staged an exhibit last year to mark the 20th birthday of Groundswell, a charity is also involving people with experience of homelessness at every level of the organisation. It is also looking for others to get involved.
“That is the most important thing for this museum to have, “ added Jess. “People with lived experience of homelessness, making the decisions, deciding what the event should be, what we should collect, what the exhibition should be.”
Other members of the team have museum experience. And this is only the start: next year the Museum of Homelessness will be taking over the Tate in London and Liverpool, so watch this space for more news.