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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 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

Baron's Court Project

69 Talgarth Road, London W14 9DD

020 7603 5232

Monday–Wednesday: 2pm–5pm (drop-in, showers/laundry and café)
Friday: 12am–2pm (women's group)
Friday: 2:30pm–5:30pm (Green Palm Club for isolated black and minority ethnic people)
Tuesday & Thursday: 11am–1:30pm (advocacy)
Thursday: 2pm–5pm (life skills)

Map   Website: bit.ly/QCjsF

Friendly drop-in where people who are vulnerable through homelessness or mental health problems can socialise, find support and access services. One-to-one advice (Tue & Thu).

Advocacy, Internet access, Leisure facilities

Be Enriched

URC Rookstone Road, London SW17 9NQ


Monday: 12:30am–2:30pm Crossways Church, 18 Hampton St, SE1 6SN
Tuesday: 7pm–9pm London Cooking Project, 1 Ethelburga St, SW11 4AG
Friday: 12:30am–2:30pm URC, Rookstone Rd, SW17 9NQ

Map   Website: bit.ly/1MtkjRr

Connecting people through community activities and cultivating respect over a bite. Free or pay-as-you-can community meals three days a week in S London. Volunteering or training opportunities through cooking lessons.

Food, Food (free)

Bench Outreach

14 New King Street, Deptford, London SE8 3HS

020 8694 7740

Thursday: 1pm–4pm (SHE)

Map   Website: bit.ly/2DRyNsT

SHE (Support, Help, Empowerment) is a weekly drop-in session offering advice to homeless and vulnerable women in a safe, female-only space.

Accommodation/housing advice, Benefits advice, Food (free), Leisure facilities, Outreach worker links, Tenancy support

Finsbury Park Mosque

7-11 St Thoms's Road, London N4 2QH

020 7424 5252

Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 10:30am–1pm (women's group)
Monday & Wednesday: 5pm–7pm (karate for kids)
Thursday: 6pm–8pm (soup run - 7pm–9pm in summer)
Friday: 4pm–7pm (youth club for boys)
Saturday: 3pm–5pm (youth club for girls)
Saturday & Sunday: 10am–5pm (community meetings all day)

Map   Website: bit.ly/1TzS5H5

Registered charity serving the local Muslim community and the wider society in Islington and surrounding N London boroughs. Community centre which works with everyone to promote dialogue and understanding in our multicultural society.

Counselling, Education/training, Legal advice, Leisure activities

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

Mosaic Clubhouse

65 Effra Road, London SW2 1BZ

020 7924 9657

Monday–Thursday: 9am–5pm (work day/info service)
Monday: 5pm–8pm (social)
Thursday & Friday: 5pm–6pm (keep fit, yoga)
Thursday–Friday: 5pm–8pm (peer-led groups)
Wednesday–Friday: 6pm–2am (evening sanctuary, extending to Sat & Sun from mid-June 2016)

Map   Website: bit.ly/1RULmqO

Supports people?s recovery with mental health by engaging them in running the service, including the caf?, reception and business unit. Links to employment, adult education, wellness workshops. Mental Health Info Line: Mon?Fri: 9am?5pm: 020 7924 9657

Benefits advice, Careers advice, Education/training, Mental health

Providence Row

The Dellow Centre, 82 Wentworth Street, London E1 7SA

020 7375 0020

Monday: 10am–11:30am (men's group)
Monday: 2pm–3pm (yoga)
Tuesday: 11:30am–12:30am (relaxation skills)
Wednesday: 11:30am–1pm (peer support, addictions)
Tuesday: 2pm–3:30pm (women's group)
Monday–Friday: 9am–3:30pm (needle exchange - closed 12.30–1.30pm)
Tuesday: 9:30am–12:30am (homeopathy)
Thursday: 11am–1pm (art & wellbeing)
Friday: 10am–11:30am (Breaking Free Online- computer assisted therapy)
Friday: 10am–11:30am (self-harming support group)

Map   Website: bit.ly/1rvpkcW

Helps people of all backgrounds to an independent & fulfilled life away from homelessness & exclusion. They address not only users' immediate needs, but also the underlying issues and causes of their homelessness and exclusion. Most of their facilities are step-free.

Art classes, Bathroom/showers, Benefits advice, Careers advice, Counselling, Drugs workers, Education/training, Food, Food (free), Internet access, Mental health, Needle exchange

Royal Connections

The Hub Studios, 90 Monier Road (off Wick Lane), Bow, London E3 2ND

0300 111 1111

Sunday: 4pm–6pm (hot meal on 4th Sunday of the month)

Map   Website: bit.ly/1NFtjnh

Christian charity dedicated to helping people who need help. Works with other local organisations.

Accommodation/housing advice, Barber, Careers advice, Dentist, Education/training, Food (free), Legal advice, Medical/health


245 Gray?s Inn Road, London WC1X 8QY

020 7520 8660

Monday–Sunday: 9am–5pm

Map   Website: bit.ly/2vhWqF0

Provides innovative accommodation and support services to 3,000 of London's most vulnerable people. To discuss referral, call 020 7520 8660.

Accommodation/housing advice, Art classes, Benefits advice, Careers advice, Debt advice, Education/training, Internet access, Outreach workers, Tenancy support

Sock Mob


Website: bit.ly/1nxYTkI

Aim to befriend the homeless and hand out socks.

Clothing store

Spectra CIC

St Charles Centre, Exmoor Street, London W10 6DZ

0800 5878302

Monday–Sunday: 11am–4pm (drop-in)

Map   Website: bit.ly/2k32L1F

Health and well-being services for diverse and marginalised communities, empowering choices, including sexual health, emotional resilience and wellbeing. Works across London and provides outreach, groups ? social and therapeutic, 1-2-1 support, health screening, counselling. Open every day for health check, HIV test, information. Daily outreach across London ? check website for details.

Counselling, Education/training, Mental health, Outreach worker links, Outreach workers, Sexual health


446 Fulham Road, London SW6 1DT

020 7385 2110

Monday–Friday: 9am–5pm (closed 12.30–1.30)
Wednesday: 4pm–7pm (drop-in alternative weeks - phone to check)

Map   Website: bit.ly/1vUqjWX

Stoll is the leading provider of supported housing for ex-servicemen and women. As well as housing, they provide life-changing support including employment training, advice, addiction services and health and wellbeing activities.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Alcohol workers, Benefits advice, Careers advice, Counselling, Debt advice, Drugs workers, Education/training, Mental health, Music/drama, Outreach workers, Tenancy support

Sufra NW London

160 Pitfield Way, Stonebridge, Middlesex, London NW10 0PW

0203 441 1335

Wednesday & Sunday: 12am–3pm (food bank, referral from Brent Council and other orgs)
Wednesday & Sunday: 10am–2pm (Growing Club)
Monday–Sunday: 10am–6pm (office open)
Friday: 6pm–8:30pm (vegetarian meal)

Map   Website: bit.ly/2wLDUYb

Food bank & community kitchen in Brent, supporting disadvantaged individuals and families suffering food poverty in NW London. Phone or visit.

Advocacy, Bedding, Benefits advice, Clothing store, Education/training, Food (free)

The Youth Hub

Postal address only: 7, 35-37 Ludgate Hill, London EC4M 7JN

0203 283 8616

Monday–Friday: 9am–5pm

Website: bit.ly/1TIocEu

Central hub connecting teens, young adults, employers, training providers and charities to each other. Their aim is to reduce poverty and increase employment across the UK. Please contact 0203 283 8616.

Careers advice, Education/training

Wandsworth Community Drug and Alcohol Service (WCDAS)

St John?s Therapy Centre, 162 St John?s Hill, Battersea, London SW11 1SW

020 8812 4120

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9am–4:30pm
Wednesday: 1pm–7pm


A consortium between SLaM NHS Foundation Trust, Addaction and St Mungo?s which provides specialist treatment for Wandsworth adults affected by drug and/or alcohol issues.

Alcohol workers, Drugs workers, Education/training, Medical/health, Mental health, Needle exchange, Outreach worker links, Outreach workers, Sexual health, Step-free

Wirral Churches Ark Project

Mary Cole House, 6 Sandford Street, Birkenhead, North East CH41 1BN

0151 649 0111

Monday–Sunday: Open 24 hours (accommodation and support)
Monday–Friday: 9am–0am (crisis training and events – term-time only)

Map   Website: bit.ly/1Vae7gJ

Three-month stay, emergency accommodation service for single homeless people with multiple support needs. 22 male beds and 5 female. Referral required via Wirral ?Mainstay? (www.mainstayliverpool.org.uk).

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Art classes, Bathroom/showers, Bedding, Benefits advice, Debt advice, Education/training, Food, Internet access, Laundry, Leisure activities, Music/drama

St Petrock's

10 Cathedral Yard, Exeter, South West EX1 1HJ

01392 422396

Monday–Friday: 9am–1pm (drop-in)
Wednesday & Friday: 10am–12am (mental health practitioner)
Tuesday & Thursday: 2pm–4pm (probation, housing, jobs etc)
Monday: 2pm–4pm (women's group)
Monday & Thursday: 9am–12am podiatrist Monday, nurse Thursday)
Tuesday: 11am–1pm (alternative healing)

Map   Website: bit.ly/1OGdaLm

Accommodation/housing advice, Alcohol workers, Art classes, Bathroom/showers, Bedding, Benefits advice, Careers advice, Clothing store, Counselling, Debt advice, Drugs workers, Education/training, Ex-forces, Ex-offenders, Food, Food (free), Foot care, Internet access, Laundry, Legal advice, Leisure activities, Medical/health, Mental health, Music/drama, Outreach worker links, Sexual health, Tenancy support

Ashdown Medway Accommodation Trust (AMAT)

10 Chelmar Road, Chatham, Kent, South East ME4 4PB

0800 698 1000

Monday–Sunday: 8:30am–12:30am (office hours)
Monday–Sunday: Open 24 hours (on call)

Map   Website: bit.ly/JVWzo3

AMAT is a direct access hostel based in Medway, which provides supported accommodation to 400+ service users in a variety of accommodation, mostly shared houses with 3 to 4 units, though there are some flats. There is a no-visitors house for the more vulnerable service users and a dry house for those who are rehabilitating. There is also a female-only house. There is also an opportunity for some service users to become more permanently accommodated on an AST if they meet the criteria.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Alcohol workers, Bathroom/showers, Bedding, Benefits advice, Clothing store, Debt advice, Drugs workers, Education/training, Food, Leisure activities, Tenancy support

Michael Roberts Charitable Trust (MRCT - drop-in)

Rainbow Centre, 2 Wych Elm, Harlow, Essex, South East CM20 1QP

01279 724515

Monday & Thursday: 11am–4pm (Harefield Church - 01279 641671)
Tuesday & Friday: 11am–4pm (St Paul?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s - 07890771590)

Map   Website: bit.ly/tmqlfL

Maybury Open Door is a community drop-in resource which welcomes adults from 18+ years. It is open to all and supports a wide range of adults, including homeless and vulnerably-housed people and others who just need to venture out and meet new friends.

Food (free), Internet access, Leisure activities, Leisure facilities


45 Bloom Street, Manchester, North West M1 3LY

0161 237 3223

Monday–Friday: 10am–2pm (support office)

Map   Website: bit.ly/IQ6Qns

NB: Drop-in centre closed until Autumn 2015 for building work, but support offices are open and outreach teams are on the streets Monday-Thursday evenings. (Activities are free and a timetable will be available when they reopen.) Opening hours for the drop-in centre to be confirmed. Support workers incl Eastern European language speakers.

Accommodation/housing advice, Art classes, Bathroom/showers, Bedding, Benefits advice, Clothing store, Debt advice, Dentist, Food, Internet access, Medical/health, Outreach worker links, Outreach workers, Tenancy support


48 Buchanan St, Blackpool, North West FY1 3LQ

01253 294477; 01253 291038 night

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 1pm–3:30pm (drop-in)
Tuesday: 1pm–3pm (counselling)
Wednesday & Thursday: 3:30pm–6pm (life skills)
Friday: 9am–4pm (counselling)
Saturday: 2pm–5pm (cook & eat)
Monday–Sunday: 7pm–9am (night shelter, St John's Walk)

Map   Website: bit.ly/1VCKQuH

Day centre and night shelter which is open all year. Shelter and support for young people 16?25.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Alcohol workers, Art classes, Barber, Bathroom/showers, Bedding, Benefits advice, Careers advice, Clothing store, Counselling, Debt advice, Drugs workers, Education/training, Food, Food (free), Foot care, Internet access, Laundry, Leisure activities, Leisure facilities, Medical/health, Mental health, Needle exchange, Outreach worker links, Sexual health, Tenancy support

The Mustard Tree

110 Oldham Road, Ancoats, Manchester, North West M4 6AG

0161 228 7331

Friday & Saturday: 10am–4pm
Monday–Wednesday: 10am–4pm

Map   Website: bit.ly/3E80Jv

Provides support for homeless and marginalised people across Greater Manchester. They work with those who are facing the greatest barriers to employment, education, good health outcomes, secure housing, social integration and financial integration, by seeking to tackle both the causes and consequences of poverty.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Art classes, Bedding, Careers advice, Clothing store, Counselling, Education/training, Food (free), Leisure activities, Mental health, Music/drama, Tenancy support

Barony (Contact Point)

101 High Riggs Road, Tollcross, Edinburgh, Scotland EH3 9RP

0845 140 7777

Monday: 2pm–8pm (art 2.30-4.30; games 6.30-7.30)
Tuesday: 10:30am–4pm (walking 11-12.30; taster sessions 2-4)
Thursday: 2pm–8pm (open day 2.30-4.30; mixed media night 6.30-7.30)
Wednesday: 10:30am–4:30pm (swimming 11am-2pm; wellbeing 3-4)
Sunday: 11am–4pm (read the Sunday papers!)

Map   Website: https://www.baronyha.org.uk/care-and-support/contact-point

Mental health resource that provides a safe place for those experiencing mental health problems to socialise or gain 1:1 or peer support. The service promotes healthy lifestyle choices and meaningful activity. Open for drop-in Mon-Thu & Sun.

Counselling, Leisure facilities, Mental health, Music/drama

Glasgow City Mission

20 Crimea Street, Glasgow, Scotland G2 8PW

0141 221 2630

Monday–Friday: 10am–10pm
Saturday: 4pm–8pm

Map   Website: bit.ly/2rlhWZm

Programme of activities, services and 1-2-1 support to tackle immediate needs and underlying issues. Activities incl free meals, art class, music studio, gym, computers, college courses, money help, ESOL classes, gardening, opportunities to explore the Christian faith and much more.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Alcohol workers, Art classes, Barber, Bathroom/showers, Benefits advice, Careers advice, Counselling, Debt advice, Drugs workers, Education/training, Food (free), Foot care, Internet access, Laundry, Legal advice, Leisure facilities, Mental health, Music/drama, Outreach worker links, Outreach workers, Step-free, Tenancy support

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