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Issue 120 [May-June 2019] RECOVERY

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Fitting in
It’s important to record the type of place that accepts everyone without judgment – and also because they seem to be dying out.
Line up

We Make Change Homelessness is a network of people who “believe homelessness is solvable”

NEWS IN BRIEF: May - June 2019
News in brief written by Jake Cudsi.
News Photostories: May - June 2019
Photostories from the Pavement team.
Understanding UC
In the last issue of the Pavement, the Glasgow News Group wrote about their trauma from being moved on to Universal Credit. This is the Department of Work and Pension’s advice for people who are homeless. It’s written by Will Quince MP, the Minister for Family Support, Housing & Child Maintenance at the DWP
We want the DWP to...
Here’s how the DWP responded to some of the Glasgow News Group’s demands


Big red button
Recovery is the focus of this issue of the Pavement. Here Rob Edgar explains how he copes with feelings of contradiction and struggle

Chicken or egg?
Which comes first: homelessness or the addiction? Report by Sarah Hough
Escape plan
What we lose in the fire we find in the ashes, writes Mat Amp
Glasgow voices

Knowing you need help can be part of recovery. Interviews by Caroline Fairgrieve

The homeless film director
David Fussell talks about how he made Mystic Demon Killer and his hopes that it’ll become a cult classic. Interview by Jacqueline Messih and Judah Stephenson
The play's the thing
This interview with the Deputy Mayor of London, James Murray, was held at City Hall. Report by Ian Kalman


Ask us: Tell us ways to be kind to yourself?
Answers from The Pavement Magazine Facebook page
Keep it clean
Look after your veins by injecting safely, even on the street. Here are some tips from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s Magdalena Harris
Streets of Gold
Ian Kalman invites you to be interviewed for his book, Streets of Gold.
Summer safe
Drink water and make use of shade
Ask Us: How to reset that low mood feeling?

Answers from The Pavement Magazine Facebook page

Coping with Universal Credit

All job coaches are different – not everyone’s experience is the same


Banter: No more quiet pints
No more quiet pints. Ruby’s tales of life off the drink
Tough times
Lawrence Blake is dealing with insecure housing and mental health problems
Banter: Bitter sweet banter
Happy to be alive? Ruby’s tales of near misses


Painful reminders...

Universal Credit: Drew's story*
Universal Credit: Robert's story*


Much too young: Kevin & Alex
Kevin and Alex are the reality behind the stats. Someone who sleeps rough has an average age of 47. Life expectancy in the UK is 81.
Florida homeless paper's editor dead
Suicide of Tampa Epoch’s founder leaves paper’s future in doubt
The names
Annual service remembers 146 homeless men and women
Alexander Withers
Wee Alex is badly missed by his friends and colleagues in Glasgow,
Commemorating friends and companions
The annual service of commemoration at St Martin’s was, as usual, touching and heart-breaking
Kevin Headley
For Kevin Headley, who died aged 52 on 5 May 2018 as the result of a suspected heart attack


PTSD (to educate)

A poem by McGinlay

A reader calls us out on an article.
Soup runs: a reader replies
Being treated with love and respect is important
Rough sleeping Catch 22
A reader responds to last month's article about the new antisocial behaviour act
Your View: Foodbanks shame
An open lettter to the Trussell Trust
Homeless ex-services personnel and housing
New legislation gives you priority
Issue 120 [May-June 2019] RECOVERY