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Mat is a graduate of the Pavement's Word on the Street: London joutnalism training scheme.

 
  July 25th 2018

Let's talk volunteering, writes Mat Amp

It’s easy to be positive when things are going well for you and too easy to forget how bad it can feel when you lose your ...

 
  May 27th 2018

For Kevin Headley, who died aged 52 on 5 May 2018 as the result of a suspected heart attack

For Kevin Headley aged 52 on 5 May 2018 as the result of a suspected heart attack. Tribute from Mat Amp When we compos...

 
  May 16th 2018

The complexities of modern living can offer few answers. So why turn your life around, asks Mat Amp

The complexities of modern living can offer few answers. So why turn your life around? With a grim inevitability, night falls ...

 
  February 28th 2018

I was ready to kill myself a few years ago. I’m really happy I didn’t...

I was ready to kill myself a few years ago. I’m really happy I didn’t... UB40’s hit One in Ten refers to some...

 
  January 6th 2018

It is important that society encourages programmes that recognise the potential of those at the broken edge of our society

I can't express how important it is that as a society we encourage programmes such as From the Ground Up that recognise the pote...

 
  November 18th 2017

Mat Amp says the second best time to get clean is now

Mat Amp says the second best time to get clean is now. Drug addiction constructs a maze out of every impulse and desire you exp...

 
  July 13th 2017

Photography and theatre can change homeless people's lives

Mat Amp meets the homeless photographers ready to make their mark. Watch out, world. There is a real buzz in the lobby of the G...

 
  April 20th 2017

We meet Dual Diagnosis Anonymous founder Dan Ware and his colleagues to find out more about working to help people with mental health and addiction issues

In our last issue we reported on how difficult it is to get help when you have a dual diagnosis – the medical term used wh...

 
  April 20th 2017

Julz Watt and Mat Amp spent a day with the founders of the Museum of Homelessness ahead of their State of the Nation event at the Tate Modern

What objects tell the story of homelessness? Julz Watt and Mat Amp spent a day with the founders of the Museum of Homelessness a...

 
  February 2nd 2017

A tribute to Jimmy Carlson, OBE

“We should never give up on anybody.” That was the view of Jimmy Carlson, a friend, colleague and inspiring force wh...

 
  December 6th 2016

Winter night shelters haven’t always had a good reputation. But they can save your life, finds Mat Amp.

I spent nearly five years homeless, including a stint on the street. So you’d think I’d know about night shelters. B...

 
  October 6th 2016

Getting creative is essential for the soul and helps us move on with life, says Mat Amp.

When I got clean, I was in a particularly chaotic and violent hostel in Brixton that had been overrun by the KFC (KwickFriedCrac...

 
  July 27th 2016

Mat Amp, who knows a thing or two about addiction, met the editor of 'Illegal' magazine and found out more about the campaign for decriminalisation

Mat Amp, who knows a thing or two about addiction, met the editor of Illegal magazine and found out more about the campaign for ...

 
  May 13th 2016

Is the controversially named enterprise a good deed or well-meaning meddling gone wrong?

Mat Amp, who has spent time sleeping rough himself, went to meet the women behind the social enterprise Crack and Cider. Is it a...

 
  May 10th 2016

A new spoken word piece by a homeless group reveals the sounds of rough sleeping

Skippering, a colloquial British term for rough sleeping, is a 30-minute ‘sonic meditation on homelessness’ that features so...

 
  March 15th 2016

Richard Gere attends the closing night of Glasgow Film Festival for the first UK screening of his new film

American Actor Richard Gere attended the closing night of Glasgow Film Festival for the first UK screening of his new film about...

 
  February 4th 2016

Nine out of 10 English councils find it hard to help homeless people

A recent report published by the homeless charity Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation discovered that nine out of 10 Engli...

 
  December 19th 2015

How do you nourish your soul when you’re homeless, asks Mat Amp, who’s been there and done that

We hear a lot about the need to keep warm and find something to eat. But how do you nourish your soul when you’re homeles...

 
  October 14th 2015


He is a classically-trained pianist who ended up living on the street. But now he has become an unlikely ‘face’ of W...

 
 

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