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Ian Kalman’s podcast

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Weighed down

When you’re homeless, the importance of having somewhere safe to store your stuff can’t be overstated. Sheryle Thomas speaks with members of the team working to make storage easier

Pain in the teeth

We all have a right to healthcare, but many believe our teeth aren’t covered. Sheryle Thomas speaks to the homeless health service with a dental surgery

Finding solutions

Issue 131 is all about Solutions, so in this issue you’ll find articles, interviews, cartoons, and, of course, the List ...

Period piece

Meet the team helping to solve tricky periods. Report by Justina Jameson


News in brief 134: Sep – Oct 2021

Our round-up of what‘s been happening...

News in brief 133: July – Aug 2021

Our round-up of what‘s been happening...

News in brief 132: May – Jun 2021

Our round-up of what‘s been happening...

SCOTLAND - Some news in brief

Scotland - a round-up of what‘s been happening...

News in Brief 131: Mar – Apr 2021

Our round-up of what‘s been happening...

Photostories 131: Mar-Apr 2021

Photos with a story!


The right doctor

In difficult circumstances, the care and support of a friendly, empathetic doctor can make a world of difference, writes Esther Crespo-Rupérez

You're in the spotlight

How can services be more accessible to homeless people labelled ‘hard to reach’? Clinical psychologist Dr Ben Campbell asked

Hope springs

Finding oneself caught somewhere between optimism, despair and hope as lockdown comes to an end. By Mat Amp

Tricky Period pick up

To find your nearest Tricky Period collection point, see the List, or visit

Keeping clean

ShowerBox was set up to provide homeless people and people sleeping rough with a simple, yet difficult to find service: A free and secure shower. Interview by Sheryle Thomas

Patient Lee waiting
  • Before finally being operated on, Lee Foxall endured an agonisingly long wait for heart surgery. From his hospital bed, Lee spoke with Giselle Green about the uncertainty and the loneliness of waiting


Creative writing

Confronting and (gradually) overcoming grief and writer’s block,
by Mat Amp

Nell's lightbulb moment

Nell's salon vision imagined by Ella Meyer

Confronting cruelty

What links vulnerable children, missing people and adult homelessness? Report by Rosie Roksoph

A new day

Is it just possible that things are changing for the better? Round-up by Deputy Editor Mat Amp


The book No Fixed Abode written by Maeve McClenaghan was reviewed in the last edition of the Pavement magazine. Here Maeve explains what motivated her. Interview by Sarah Hough

Better believe

Round-up of the 21st century lowlights and some positive personal changes by Mat Amp


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

Gerald Denny (Ged). Born: 02/03/55 Died: 08/12/18. Funeral: 17/05/19. Obit from Samir Jeraj (sent in August 2019).

Your voice

Best of times... Worst of times - Part 2
Best of times... Worst of times - Part 1
We still need housing

How could Westminster spending more than £3 million to house just 42 homeless people be considered a success? Report by Paul Atherton

Seaside trip

A change is as good as a rest. Hostel-resident Ashley wrote six pages about her day trip to Brighton. Here are the edited highlights

Boarded up

Author and writer David Tovey shared his painting I’m on the Pavement yet again with the Pavement readers. He says: “I couldn’t just explain the picture in one paragraph, so I wrote it in sections like poetry” 

Healing art (Issue 129)

Morning on Beech Ward is a poem by George Robertson