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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.



Your rights

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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In the latest issue


A trip to the Houses of Parliament to talk homelessness with Nick Herbert MP gets Matt Hobbs thinking about the campaigning power held by voters I once read it is the duty of a journalist to “afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted”. However, as I was sitting...

Here’s how anger can help. But if you’re eating, you may want to finish before you continue... With the Pavement choosing the theme of toilets and my plan to focus on anger, a story that speaks to both of these elements came quickly to mind. In what was, to...
What to do when you’re living on the street and you need...
Julz Somerville describes the journey that’s got him his own set of...
She had a job, but not enough money to pay for life’s...
Carla Ecola, founder of the UK's first LGBTIQ+ crisis/ homeless shelter and...


07 March 2018

Our team of peer journalists from the 'From the Ground Up' project talk about perceptions of homelessness.

09 February 2017

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.

23 June 2015

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23 June 2015

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23 June 2015

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04 November 2014

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!

19 August 2011

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. 

Latest Stories

 13 September 2018

180 Centre Street, the former site of the Hamish Allan Centre

Hamish Allan Centre shut down on 4th September 2018

Monday - Friday, 4:45 - 11pm:
- Homelessness service runs at the Glasgow City Mission, 20 Crimea Street, G2 8PW or call 0141 221 2630
- Asylum seekers and refugees can now go tao 44 South Portland Street, G5 9JJ or call 0141 222 7352
- If you have a child/children, call 0141 553 2803

After 11pm, and at weekends:
- Everyone should call 0800 838 502

The Hamish Allan Centre in Glasgow shut its doors for good on 4th September 2018, marking the end of nearly 30 years of service provision at the iconic, category B listed building.

Formerly the Centre Street Fire Station, the Hamish Allan Centre opened in late 1989 to provide temporary emergency accommodation and out-of-hours advice for single men and women with no dependent children who were experiencing homelessness. Located just south of the River Clyde in Tradeston, it was one of a number of homelessness services in the area.

As part of wider plans to develop Glasgow City Council’s homelessness service provision, in December 2017 the Hamish Allan Centre’s weekday out-of-hours service was moved to the Glasgow City Mission, located in the city centre.

The City Ambition Network, a partnership between Glasgow City Council and a group of homelessness charities, aims to open a new Hub in the city centre. The Hub will incorporate a range of services offered by the charity partnership into one central location, hoping to reduce the amount of travel and service-hopping that homeless people currently need to navigate. The new Hub will potentially be opening in early 2019, but a confirmed venue has not yet been made public.

In the meantime, Glasgow City Council have released the following information with regards to changes to the Out-of-Hours service.

Out-of-Hours Service

Between 5pm and 11pm on Monday to Friday, single men and woman experiencing homelessness can still visit the Glasgow City Mission at 20 Crimea Street, G2 8PW. If you need help after 11pm, call the usual out-of-hours number on 0800 838 502.

Weekend Service

As of 4th September 2018, the weekend service will no longer operate from the Hamish Allan Centre. This service has not yet been relocated to a physical location, so if you need help at the weekend, you must phone the out-of-hours service on 0800 838 502.

Asylum Seekers & Refugees

Between 5pm and 11pm on Monday to Friday, asylum seekers and refugees can now visit 44 South Portland Street, G5 9JJ or call 0141 222 7352. The new venue on South Portland Street is very close to Bridge Street Subway Station, and is only a 6 minute walk from the old Hamish Allan Centre location.

If you need help after 11pm, call the usual out-of-hours number on 0800 838 502.

Daytime Service

The Homeless Health & Resource Service continues to operate from its Hunter Street address in the East End of Glasgow. If you need advice during the day on a weekday, you can still call Hunter Street on 0141 553 2803, or visit them at 55 Hunter Street, G4 0UP.

Creating change

 05 September 2018

Our Action Day proposal looks set to change the ways homeless services talk about suicide.

Following the Pavement’s special issue on suicide, written by a team of writers on the 2018 From The Ground Up (FTGU) project run by the Pavement and Groundswell, a Suicide Action Day was held in March at Groundswell.

Findings were presented about the suicide epidemic affecting those experiencing homelessness. After listening to a special FTGU podcast, there were also workshops run by Homeless Link and the Listening Place designed for homeless and mental health service workers to encourage discussion about suicide and homelessness. Insights were gathered from three focus groups looking at ways to communicate suicide in homeless services. These found:

• Suicide is still a taboo subject in homeless services
• Staff are ill-equipped to respond to and communicate suicide
• Marking a death encourages understanding and offers opportunities for grief.

Participants also discussed how knowing what to do, or how to respond, can be difficult after the death of a resident, so training helps staff to prepare. In the event of a suicide, having clear procedures to follow may also provide comfort and assistance to staff and residents who may be in shock.

Following up the Action Day, Groundswell developed guidance materials with the help of suicide prevention service, the Listening Place. The new leaflet, due out in August, is called Talking About Suicide: a guide for frontline staff. It aims to give staff working in homelessness services some guidance on how best to engage people who have suicidal thoughts and feelings.



Lived with it all

 05 September 2018

Darren McGarvey, aka Loki © Ilisa Stack

Lived with it all

by McGarvey

Stoners, drinkers, ravers, junkies
Jokers, jesters, cheeky monkeys
The good the bad & the sexies
Lost the phone, no more selfies
Memories bad, but it's what I recall
God give me strength, I lived with it all!

Loved by the youth in foster care
If you knew their past, would you care?
They need a hug not a judging stare
How do I know?
Cos I was there, banging head against the wall
How on earth did I live with it all?

Om Shanti tribes, peace & love hippies
Cockney sparrows down the chippie
Fit Rude gals getting lippy
Electric's gone, it's bloody nippy
Can't get a flat at town hall
Make us a cuppa, I lived with it all!

Jesus Army Street preachers
Energy vampires, nose bleeders
Lame Egotist wannabe leaders
Tree huggers chatting to cedars
Urban creatures having a ball
Did I really live with it all?

Chavs getting fresh with posh librarians
Clothes donated by humanitarians
Meat eaters fighting with vegetarians
Big up to my fellow Sagittarians
Super model 6ft tall
She'll tell you; I lived with it all!
Big kids munching Maltesers

Arse kissing people pleasers
Weird dodgy twitchy sneezers
Dirty Flirty London geezers
I'm still standing & standing tall
Keep calm & you try to live with it all!

Squatters living harder & faster
Pig lover Cameron, can you hear their laughter
It's your Babylon they're coming after
Who? The punks, the trannies & Rastas
Forget ghost busters, who ya gonna call?
This is our London & we're taking it all!


Darren McGarvey

In June, our 115 (July/August) cover star Darren McGarvey (Loki) won the George Orwell Prize 2018 for political writing with his book Poverty Safari. Darren’s photo was taken by the Pavement’s regular photographer Ilisa Stack in Glasgow and we had an exclusive interview in issue 114 (May/ June). Keep speaking up, Darren.


Calling all poets

McGarvey joined the Pavement/Groundswell’s From The Ground Up journalism course in 2018 although this fab poem was written in 2015. If your homelessness situation has inspired you to write, we’d like to see it. Please email Thank you.


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