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April – May 2024 : Compassion READ ONLINE





Treating somebody with compassion can have a miraculous effect. However, many people experiencing homelessness are so often not afforded compassion, whether by people, authority or a system that callously neglects and punishes them.


On how good the simple pleasure of cooking and eating a meal can make us feel. By Greta Gillett

Issue 149: Missing People

Missing People appeal for April – May 2024

All mouth - Groundswell health update

Tips and advice from Groundswell staff on how to look after your mouth health

Issue 148: Missing People

Missing People appeal for February – March 2024

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


News in Brief 149: Apr – May 2024

News in Brief by Sophie Dianne

Budget woes

An update on what the Scottish Budget means for the country’s spiralling housing crisis. Spoiler: it’s not good. By Olivia Boyce

International emergency
Why solving homelessness needs to be a priority for politicians across the globe, why it isn't one now – and how it can become one. By Eric Protein Moseley
News in Brief 147: Dec 2023 – Jan 2024

News in Brief by Sophie Dianne

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


Book review

A review of Chris Bird’s recently published collection of poetry and short stories, Transmissions, including an excerpt from the book. Review by Vicki Green

Reason to Smile

An interview with a community hero working to put shiny, white smiles on people experiencing homelessness in Wolverhampton. By Darren Harvey

Sports day

On a visit to Leyton Orient Football Club, our writer notes the importance of community projects and sports to people struggling during the winter. By Emdad Rahman

What's in a word?

Searching for the definition of compassion and considering its importance to the homeless community. By Mat Amp

Guideline guidance

Exploring why we need a Universal Homeless Charter and where charities go wrong with their volunteer guidelines. By Mat Amp

Little things lead to change

How the little things we do to support people experiencing homelessness can lead to big changes for the better. Words on outreach, attitudes and fighting divisive rhetoric, by Emdad Rahman


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

(Eff off) Back to the Future

Everybody’s favourite nepo-time-traveller, McHaggis, goes on a medieval Odd-yssey. By Chris Sampson

Issue 149 : Comics

This issue's comics from our brilliant artists.

The city speaks

Two short stories written in poetic style tell tales of life on the streets in an often-overwhelming city. Words by Chris Bird

Issue 148: Comics

This issue's comics from our brilliant artists.

Nanotech adventures

Can some new technology help our reporter solve the seemingly impossible puzzle of time? A riveting blend of ‘Anarcho-nonsense’ and dedicated field reportage, by Chris Sampson

Word on the street

A poignant poem, titled Aliens, on how people experiencing homelessness are so often made to feel other, or alien. By Jason Electricity