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One brick at a time

May 15 2018
With the right tools you can rebuild your life © The Pavement With the right tools you can rebuild your life © The Pavement
Making good even when things look bleak

In April, our From The Ground Up peer reporters graduated. Over the past six months they’ve regularly met, worked hard at finding stories and become friends. We’re hoping they’ll keep writing for us, not just because writing can be healing, but because the Pavement has changed thanks to their instincts for reporting, feature writing and wanting to share their experience of life.

It’s challenging meeting deadlines (and the Pavement has lots) when trying to sort out stuff. It’s also extremely tough having a go at new things when you’re perhaps also struggling to cope with the pain, shame and reality of homelessness.

You don’t have to be an Always look on the bright side type optimist to rebuild your life. Sometimes a mug of tea or coffee, served just how you like it, can make your world seem happier. Build on the good moments by trying the ideas our columnist Mat Amp suggests on page 17, or see how the Listening Place supports people on page 21. Let us know what works for you on our Facebook page and we’ll share it.

“Wherever my story takes me, however dark and difficult the theme, there is always some hope and redemption, not because readers like happy endings, but because I am an optimist at heart. I know the sun will rise in the morning, that there is a light at the end of every tunnel.” – Michael Morpurgo