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Taking the next step

December 01 2023

As ever, the end of one year and start of a new one is a convenient time to reflect on the journey you’ve been on so far, and to think about what you want to do next. Many of us will be unsure about what we want or how to take that next step.

As ever, the end of one year and start of a new one is a convenient time to reflect on the journey you’ve been on so far, and to think about what you want to do next. Many of us will be unsure about what we want or how to take that next step.

This magazine might not have the answers, but our writers have considered the theme of next steps and many have drawn on their own experience while exploring the topic. While reading these stories I was at different times inspired, angered and excited. I hope they elicit similar reactions from you.

Our deputy editor Mat Amp shares his view on recovery and reintegrating with wider society on page 24. Vicki Fox similarly tackles the journey of recovery on page 14. All of the regular news, views and cartoons are also inside, as well as the List of services. Happy new year!


Here I am: The annual service of commemoration for people who died experiencing homelessness was held in early November. The service, themed Here I Am this year, took place at St Martin-in-the-Fields, opposite Trafalgar Square, London.
The names of people who had died in the past year with experience of homelessness were read out as part of the service. Dignifying those names and, in turn, the people they belong to.
There were also live performances from The Choir with No Name and Streetwise Opera, two choirs for people affected by homelessness.
A number of people connected to the Pavement were honoured to attend the service, which is held every year at St Martin-in-the-Fields and commemorates people who have passed away in the previous 12 months.
We would like to thank the Museum of Homelessness, The Connection at St Martin’s, Housing Justice and St Martin-in-the-Fields for organising the service. Condolences, love and strength to everybody who has lost somebody in the past year.
The Choir with No Name: www.choirwithnoname.org
Streetwise Opera: streetwiseopera.org

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