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Hope springs eternal

April 01 2023

Whether you’re a dreamer or a realist, hope is a comfort we all indulge in from time to time. And when better to let hope take hold than the spring?

Whether you’re a dreamer or a realist, hope is a comfort we all indulge in from time to time. And when better to let hope take hold than the spring? Flowers in bloom, bluer skies, balmier days, it’s all on the way.
Don’t let these warm words kid you into thinking it’s all happy days, though. No, the Pavement prides itself on printing real stories from the real world, and it’s not always blue skies and sunshine. Leon Eckford takes a look at what hope means to the homeless community on page 12, while there’s an in-depth look at the importance of grassroots cooperation and collaboration on page 26 by Emdad Rahman.

Put your best foot forward with Groundswell’s health resource on taking care of your feet on page 24. And if you do fancy a dose of escapism, take a read of Chris Sampson’s spooky satire on page 21. You’ll also find all of the regular news, views and cartoons inside.

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Koestler competition: Hurry! The 2023 Koestler Awards deadline for entry is 6 April 2023. Readers of the Pavement will be familiar with Koestler Arts, an arts trust working with people in criminal justice settings to encourage creativity and to learn and explore new skills. Each year the trust runs a competition, the Koestler Awards, to showcase the fantastic art created by people in the UK’s criminal justice system. A selection of winners is chosen and applicants may be featured in the Koestler Awards show, held from October – December. To enter you must be in custody in a UK prison, young offender institution, secure training centre, secure children’s home, immigration removal centre, or high or medium security psychiatric hospital or unit (including the Channel Islands and Isle of Man). You can also enter if you are a current client of the National Probation Service or a Community Rehabilitation Company, a Youth Offending Service, the Scottish Criminal Justice Social Work Service or their equivalents elsewhere in the UK.

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