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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 london@thepavement.org.uk at The Pavement!



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240 Project

116 Bramley Road, London W10 6SU

0207 221 7530

Map   Website: bit.ly/1WDl7ne

Friendly charity helping people mainly who have a history of homelessness, are vulnerable and mostly need support. Acupuncture, art, cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy, computing, cooking, drama, felt workshop, group therapy, leather work, mosaics, music, poetry, qi gong, yoga etc. Ring for details or check the timetable (www.240project.org.uk/timetable/). Not step-free.

Art classes, Clothing store, Food, Food (free), Internet access, Leisure facilities, Music/drama


34 Clovelly Road, London N8 7RH

07799 450636

Map   Website: https://bit.ly/2wLbiNI

Photography and art for young people in hostels. At the end of the project the photographs are sold and 40 per cent of the selling price goes to the photographer. One scholarship for creative & digital media course at Ravensbourne Uni. January to June. Please ring to check step-free access and dates/times.

Art classes

Cardboard Citizens

77a Greenfield Road, London E1 6QR

020 7377 8948

Monday–Friday: 10am–6pm

Map   Website: bit.ly/niiZB

"theatre at its funniest, blackest, most daring and challenging best" - British Theatre Guide. Workshops at Crisis Skylight and hostels around London. Theatre, dance and music workshops. Individual support for workshop participants.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Careers advice, Counselling, Education/training, Leisure activities, Music/drama

Core Arts

1 St Barnabas Terrace, London E9 6DJ

020 8533 3500

Map   Website: bit.ly/w3FwW

Promotes the artistic and creative abilities of people who experience severe and enduring mental health problems. Not free, but accept Direct Payments or Personal Budgets.

Leisure activities, Music/drama

Haringey Recovery Service

590 Seven Sisters Road, London N15 6HR

020 8801 3999

Monday–Friday: 9:30am–5pm

Map   Website: https://bit.ly/2LHcQnq

Works with individuals in recovery from drug and alcohol misuse, and their friends, families and carers. Holistic approach, with continued support, equipping people with the skill for self-development.

Advocacy, Alcohol workers, Art classes, Benefits advice, Careers advice, Counselling, Debt advice, Drugs workers, Education/training, Ex-offenders, Internet access, Legal advice, Leisure facilities, Mental health, Music/drama, Outreach worker links, Outreach workers, Sexual health, Step-free, Tenancy support

Open Cinema (National)

Somerset House, South Wing, Strand, London WC2N 1LA

020 3287 8373

Map   Website: https://bit.ly/2KWhbSA

Community cinemas and filmmaking for homeless and excluded people. At venues across UK, Ireland and Finland. Choose films, make films, meet the experts.

Food (free), Leisure activities

Solidarity Art Group

48 Seven Sisters Rd, London N7 6AA

Tuesday: 2:30pm–4pm

Map   Website: bit.ly/2ETWCRe

Art classes

St Mungo?s (formerly Broadway Day Centre)

13 Market Lane, London W12 8EZ

020 8735 5810

Friday: 10am–12am (acupuncture)
Wednesday & Friday: 10:30am–12am (rough sleeper service)
Wednesday: 10am–12am (optician and once a month Hep C clinic)
Thursday: 10am–12am (nurse)
Monday: 10am–12am (nurse & podiatry services)

Map   Website: bit.ly/2g8dloq

The service has changed. Health services are available on a drop-in basis, as is access to the local outreach team. The recovery college offers courses such as music, art, IT, chi gung, script writing and Hearing Voices. Please call 020 8735 5833 for information on the prospectus.

Art classes, Clothing store, Education/training, Foot care, Medical/health, Mental health, Music/drama, Outreach workers

Streetwise Opera


020 7730 9551

Website: bit.ly/n4DDS

Singing and acting workshops in homeless centres and arts centres in London, Nottingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Middlesbrough. No auditions, and sessions are free. Build confidence, meet people, learn new skills and have fun! info@streetwiseopera.org


The Choir With No Name (London)

Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP

07772 230744

Monday: 7pm–9pm (doors open at 6.30pm, with dinner afterwards)

Map   Website: https://bit.ly/2LLtvWW

Choir for people who have experienced homelessness with upcoming gigs around London and further afield. No prior singing experience or talent required! Women particularly welcome. Turn up at rehearsal, or call 07464 928122/ email ryanburke@lookahead.org.uk if you'd like more info.

Food (free), Leisure activities, Music/drama

The Manna at St Stephen?s

17 Canonbury Road, London N1 2DF

020 7226 5369

Tuesday: 7pm–9pm
Friday: 9am–11am
Wednesday: 1pm–3pm

Map   Website: bit.ly/1SNVUVU

Drop-in for people in Islington offering food, showers, laundry (£1), pool, table tennis, singing, art, poetry and gardening, alongside targeted keywork appointments.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Alcohol workers, Art classes, Bathroom/showers, Bedding, Benefits advice, Careers advice, Clothing store, Debt advice, Ex-forces, Ex-offenders, Food (free), Internet access, Laundry, Legal advice, Leisure activities, Music/drama, Outreach worker links, Step-free, Tenancy support

The Vision Organisation UK

St Silas Community Hall, Penton Street, London N1 9UL


Wednesday: 7pm–8pm (Lincoln's Inn Fields: food, drink, personal hygiene goods and offering help)
Thursday: 7pm–9pm (drop-in: 3-course meal, clothes, books)

Map   Website: bit.ly/2aS9Bau

Barber, Careers advice, Clothing store, Food (free)

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