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Keeping the Rhythm

October 1st 2010

The uncertainty surrounding the future of charity Rhythms of Life (RoL), based in London's Dalston, looks set to continue, with the daily food service likely to close unless a deal can be reached with Hackney Council in the next few weeks.

In the last issue of The Pavement, we reported how RoL's tenancy at the premises at Crossway was under threat after a series of increases in rent, related to the new Crossrail expansion at Dalston Junction. Andrew Faris, the founder of RoL, told The Pavement that they had yet to receive any private backing, and that the charity may be forced to move away from Dalston.

"We're seeing more and more people every day," he said. "We've got 60 now, but it looks like we're not going to be able to carry on. I've been thinking that we might have to go somewhere else - whether it's Hammersmith or Camden or wherever - where we're properly supported and appreciated."

Mr Faris did say, however, that he had arranged a meeting with Hackney Council in the coming weeks to see if there was a council-owned property that would be suitable for them, though he feared they may be 'outbid' by other organisations desperate for premises in the area. "We've been down this road before," said Mr Faris, "and lost out when we had to bid on a council property, so I'm not optimistic. We'll just have to wait and see."


October 2010



Counts are optional

A moving target

Rough sleeper dies in custody

ITV plans new homeless reality TV show

Refurb rumours

Man charged with Ilford murder

They're not lovin' it

Keeping the Rhythm

Soup runs come in from the cold

Peter Pickles completes second walk for charity

Cyrenians set sail

The shape of things to come

The road to Rio

Byte Night 2010

Aberdeen homeless development confirmed

Glasgow homeless hostel closure

Shock over Highland B&B figures

Birmingham Skylight arrives

Tenants told to make up Housing Benefit shortfall

Homeless choir's debut album

Street Shield 17: Where's the Cardboard Shield?


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