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the Pavement 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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This charming man
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...
Shit and anger
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,...
Out of order
What to do when you’re living on the street and you need...
Un-homeless at last
Julz Watt describes the journey that’s got him his own set of...
She had a job, but not enough money to pay for life’s...
Let's go outside
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

Will you use your admin ninja skills to help a unique small charity working to support homeless people?

23 June 2015

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23 June 2015

Will you donate your a journalism or photography skills to help the homeless people we work to support?

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. 


02 November 2018
"Where do we go from here?" One of the workshop questions asked at the most recent Scottish Arts & Homelessness meeting in Edinburgh. © Ilisa Stack "Where do we go from here?" One of the workshop questions asked at the most recent Scottish Arts & Homelessness meeting in Edinburgh. © Ilisa Stack
In November, Manchester will host the week-long International Arts and Homelessness Summit and Festival from 12th - 18th November. Featuring art exhibitions, music and theatre performances and much more, the festival will close with a 4-day summit at The Whitworth, inviting over 250 delegates from across the globe to gather and share their experiences of how important the arts is in the support of homeless people.

The festival and summit are both curated by With One Voice, an international movement which changes the lives of homeless people with the creative arts. Launched by Streetwise Opera in London in 2012, With One Voice now runs different projects in Brazil, Canada, Japan and USA and has recently worked with Music and Sociology PhD student Shelly Coyne to produce the Review of Arts and Homelessness in Scotland.

‘Arts’ can refer to anything from visual arts, to poetry, to choir singing. The thing that binds all of these creative activities together is the positive impact that participating in them can have. Participating in, or contributing to, creative projects has been shown to reduce social isolation, help build social networks, increase physical and mental health and provide a powerful platform for self expression.

It’s not surprising that joining in arts and music projects is becoming more and more popular among homeless people seeking for ways to express themselves.

The Summit and Festival

The Manchester Festival & Summit aims to showcase existing examples of how art activities can positively impact the lives of homeless people, facilitate networking between like-minded organisations and to promote positive perceptions of homelessness to the public.

Many parts of the week have been organised by currently and formerly homeless people, representing one of the most important themes of the festival: putting people who have experienced homelessness at the centre of everything, from design to delivery. In addition, 50% of the delegate tickets for the Summit are being reserved for homeless, or ex-homeless, people to ensure that at least half the voices are representing real life experiences. By enabling people to come together and create festival of this stature, With One Voice aims to leave a strong legacy for the empowering impact arts can have on those affected by homelessness.

Organisers are estimating that around 20,000 members of the public will attend the festival, which begins on Monday 12th November and will feature film, photography, visual art, poetry, performance, music and interactive workshops run by creative organisations and individuals from all over the world.

The festival will end with a Summit at The Whitworth Art Gallery in Central Manchester on 15th - 18th November. The 4-day conference will cover the themes of People, Practice, Policy, Performance and Partnerships in relation to the world of arts and homelessness. With One Voice have invited 250 delegates from 15 countries to share strategies from different societies who are tackling the global homelessness crisis with positivity and creativity.

On Saturday, the Summit will open its doors to the public allowing anyone to attend and contribute, whilst over 40 free entertainment events in venues and on the street across Greater Manchester. The Summit and Festival will both draw to a close on Sunday 18th, finishing with a performance of Man on Bench Fairytale, a play by formerly homeless multimedia artist, David Tovey.

  • 50% of Summit delegate places are being given free to people who are currently, or formerly homeless.
  • If you are interested and able to attend please visit the With One Voice website for more information, or contact Lora Krasteva (

Musicians Against Homelessness visits the Barrowland Ballroom

26 September 2018
As our heatwave summer draws to a rainy conclusion, an ever growing team of campaigners across the UK are working hard to make a positive impact through music.

Musicians Against Homelessness (MAH) was launched by music mogul Alan McGee in 2016, and both raises awareness of, and fundraises for, the homelessness crisis in the UK. The organisation is run by volunteers, and all profits from the events go towards supporting charities like Crisis and Simon Community Scotland.

On Saturday 29th September Glasgow’s iconic Barrowland Ballroom will host the UK’s biggest MAH concert of 2018. Supported by an incredible line up from the Scottish music scene including Scottish ska legends Bombskare, Mickey 9s, rapper-come-Orwell Prize winning author Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey and Becci Wallace, The Hollows, Jackal Trades, Dead Man Fall, Steg G and The Freestyle Master and Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5’s Mark ‘DJ5’ Lang.

Chief Executive of Crisis, Jon Sparkes, said: “I am delighted that Musicians Against Homelessness will be supporting Crisis again this year with what promises to be an even bigger and better programme of gigs and events in the autumn. Homelessness remains an unsolved problem across the UK so their help and support, in what will be our 50th year, is much needed and greatly appreciated.”

Tickets are £10 + booking fee and available in person from Tickets Scotland and online from Skiddle (website link).

MAH Glasgow Facebook event available here.

Who are Musicians Against Homelessness?

Musicians Against Homelessness encourages event promoters, venues and recording artists in every city, town and village in the UK to organise events unified under the shared goal of tackling homelessness. Since 2016, over 1,000 bands have played almost 250 gigs for the movement and earlier this year, MAH formed partnerships with Foodies Festival and the Celeb Soccer Six football tournament to expand their impact.

The grass-roots movement has successfully raised over £100,000 to date, and will support two whole months’ of fundraising gigs across the UK throughout September and October this year. The movement has been grabbing the attention of hundreds of bands, musicians and  celebrities including Liam Gallagher, Shaun Ryder, Russel Brand and Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh.

Earlier this year alt-rock legends, James, recorded a new version of their 1989 hit ‘Sit Down’ with a string quartet at the Albert Hall in Manchester, complete with a new music video, to bring attention to the cause.

James frontman Tim Booth said, “Sit down is a song about empathy so we are really honoured and happy that this beautiful version … is being used to raise money for the homeless. We seem to be living in times of increasing inequality where all the safety nets that my generation took for granted have been taken away.”

Find a gig near you!

The Musicians Against Homelessness campaign supports hundreds of concerts across the UK. Visit to find a gig near you!

Changes to Glasgow’s Out-of-Hours Homeless Service

13 September 2018
180 Centre Street, the former site of the Hamish Allan Centre 180 Centre Street, the former site of the Hamish Allan Centre
Hamish Allan Centre shut down on 4 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 to 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, 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.