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December 2023 – January 2024 : Next steps

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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


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


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


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


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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