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Crisis at Christmas 2023

Details for the Crisis at Christmas day centres for 2023, including location, opening days and what’s on. By Crisis staff, with supporting writing from the Pavement

Issue 147: Missing People

Missing People appeal for December 2023 – January 2024

One Roof: homeless arts festival

The latest iteration of Art Homeless International’s One Fest, now renamed One Roof, takes place in January 2024. An update from Old Diorama Arts Centre’s Claire Rivers

Surviving suicidal thoughts
This issue's health update from Groundswell
Apt app

If you’re looking for local services and support, there is a new app that can help connect you to what you’re looking for. By Ian Kalman

Community project

The Museum of Homelessness, based in London, is running a programme of community events and projects in the Autumn, and they want you to be involved. By the Museum of Homelessness team


Dispatch from Camden

Notes from a meeting after the shocking viral video of homeless people having their tents and belongings destroyed. Words by the Pavement team

News in Brief 147: Dec 2023 – Jan 2024
News in Brief by Sophie Dianne
News in Brief 146: Oct – Nov 2023
News in Brief by Bronagh Sheridan
News in Brief 145: Aug – Sep 2023

Our bi-monthly round up of what's been happening...

News in Brief 144: June – July 2023
Our bi-monthly round up of what's been happening...
By Bronagh Sheridan
News in Brief 143: Apr – May 2023
Our bi-monthly round up of what's been happening...
By Bronagh Sheridan


Baby steps

Many readers will spend this time of year wondering about what’s next and whether they’re heading in the right direction. Take a moment, recognise how far you’ve come and take that next step. By Leon Eckford

Hot Arse FC

A time-warping adventure to the past and the future, where Premier League footballers fight for a different kind of survival. From the Pavement’s satirist-in-chief, Chris Sampson

Simon's 60th

To commemorate the 60th birthday of the Simon Community and the 100th birthday of its founder, staff from the charity reflect on its creation and the legacy of the man who started it

Taking the 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.

Those next human steps

Our deputy editor ponders the steps we need to take when re-engaging with society and recovering. By Mat Amp

Being kind

Although we may have reasons not to feel like being kind, sharing kindness is good for you and the people around you. A study in being kind, by Leon Eckford


Moving on from Addiction

Taking inspiration from Portugal, how can people with addiction issues be supported through the experience and, ultimately, move on. By Viki Fox

Ace up the sleeve

A recently toured play by Cardboard Citizens shows the power and importance of storytelling. By Sophie Dianne

A tale of two cities

The similarities and differences in homeless policy in New York and London. With a view to what comes next. By Eric Protein Moseley

Carry on farce

The NHS faces cuts as demand grows. There is some hope, but, alas, found almost exclusively in the mind of the Pavement’s resident daft sod, Chris Sampson

Crack squirrels

In a world constantly vying for our attention, our deputy editor at times felt lost in it all. He talks about distraction, addiction, cracking on in life and, well, crack squirrels. By Mat Amp

The supporting role

As some guy said a while back, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players”. But it can be difficult figuring out your role. Let the Pavement’s satirist-in-chief guide you in your quest for understanding.
By Chris Sampson


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

Impetuous behaviour

Reflecting on a difficult day, agonising over the sorry state of many hostels and day centres. By Jason Electricity

Issue 147: Comics

This issue's comics from our brilliant artists.

Two dreams

A timely poem with a simple, powerful message sits alongside a mysterious encounter. Words by Chris Bird and John Sheehy

Getting creative

Creative writing and poetry taking in a range of themes and settings, from Chris Bird, Tracey Charrier and David Wishart

Issue 146: Comics
This issue's comics from our brilliant artists.
Book club

Ready yourselves for new reading material, as the Pavement previews two new titles centred on experiences of homelessness and mental health problems