current issue

 
 

London edition (PDF 1.65MB)

 

Scottish edition (PDF 1.66MB)

 
 
 
 

Recent tweets

 
 

Search

Your results for stories by Carinya Sharples

Carinya Sharples is a freelance journalist and sub-editor who has written for The Guardian, Visit London, ARISE magazine and The Voice, and worked everywhere from Esquire to The Big Issue. She has been writing for The Pavement since 2007.

 
  October 6th 2016

Homelessness. Art. Festival. Carinya Sharples hears from one man who is making these three words work together.

When David Tovey says “art saved my life”, he isn’t kidding. Just a few years ago, the artist and founder of t...

 
  May 3rd 2016

This month, London will vote in a new mayor. And housing is the Number One concern of many voters. So a number of homelessness charities joined forces to host a special mayoral debate about homelessness.

This month the people of London will vote in a new Mayor to replace Boris Johnson. And housing is the Number One concern of many...

 
  March 22nd 2016

DWP work coach Amanda Cox answers some of the common questions homeless people ask...

Can I claim JSA if I don't have a fixed address? Will my work coach give me a break because I'm homeless? What does being 'dis...

 
  March 15th 2016

Michael and Jamie tell us their experiences of fitting back into the world of work

London-based social enterprise Connection Crew is a ‘crewing company’. Its main job is providing crew members to do ...

 
  December 19th 2015

Carinya Sharples asked some experts – those who had been or were homeless – for their top tips on making it through if you’re homeless in 2016

Carinya Sharples went along to London’s 999 Club in Deptford and asked some experts – those who had been or were hom...

 
  November 2nd 2015

"I'm not afraid of death, I just don't want to be there when it happens." Woody Allen is not the only one of us to avoid facing up to death.

"I'm not afraid of death, I just don't want to be there when it happens." Woody Allen is not the only one of us to avo...

 
  September 10th 2015

The Pavement launched in response to changes due to happen to London’s soup runs. So where are they now?

The Pavement launched in response to changes due to happen to London’s soup runs. So where are they now? When the Pavemen...

 
  July 21st 2015

One little question remains: where will they go?

It has been supporting vulnerable young people in South London for 19 years, but now Look Ahead’s Gateway Foyer is due to ...

 
  May 5th 2015

Is it enough that food is free? What about nutrition?

“We need healthy food, nutritious food. There are a lot of diabetic people who are homeless and they don’t know.&rdq...

 
  May 5th 2015

The Pavement was in Glasgow and London to cover what may become an annual event

The first ‘March for the Homeless’ took place in cities across the UK last month, calling for action to address home...

 
  April 8th 2015

Westminster buys temporary accommodation an hour's journey from the borough

London’s flagship city council has bought temporary accommodation in Essex, over an hour’s journey from the borough,...

 
  February 7th 2015

A new EU directive forces makers to reveal allergy-triggering ingredients

”Lobster, sir or madam?” It’s unlikely to be something you’ll be offered at a soup kitchen. But due to a...

 
  December 3rd 2014

As a new recovery café opens up in London, we find out why demand is so high right across the country

Liisa, from Finland, who works for East London addictions charity SCT, has been in recovery for a year and a half. But when it c...

 
  December 2nd 2014

London could soon become “the preserve of the super-rich”, the National Housing Federation has warned

London could soon become “the preserve of the super-rich”, warned the National Housing Federation in a new report la...

 
  October 7th 2014

John Dolan was homeless and addicted to heroin. He tells Carinya Sharples how art transformed his life

“With art, it’s about the artist these days – the story behind the artist. And I have a really bloody good sto...

 
  July 10th 2014

More than a third of homeless adults have attempted suicide. So it’s important that the Samaritans makes its presence felt.

More than a third of homeless adults have attempted suicide. So it’s important that the Samaritans makes its presence felt...

 
  June 5th 2014

We find out what you need to know about being homeless and transgender

Octavian Starr, of Stonewall Housing, admits that though saddened, he’s not that surprised by the ignorance he encounters ...

 
  May 12th 2014

It's all about homelessness in theatre right now...

What does home mean to you? It’s a question asked of all the characters in the National Theatre’s latest play, Home,...

 
  February 10th 2014

Everyone in the UK to have access to food, shelter, water and sanitation, argues new campaign.

If you’ve ever gone without a shower for weeks, hunted in vain for a public drinking fountain, not had money to eat or b...

 
  December 5th 2013

TB is still alive and kicking. So it‘s just as well the Find & Treat service is too

"We still sadly find too many people who are coughing up blood, who’ve lost so much weight, with ‘I’ve ...

 
  October 10th 2013

The Simon Community is now 50!

In the kitchen of the Simon Community’s Hilldrop Day Centre in Kentish Town, two full-time volunteers are busy making ham ...

 
  September 7th 2013

Leading homeless organisation urges charities to prepare for winter

  A leading homeless organisation has called on charities and faith groups to prepare for the winter now, to prevent death...

 
  September 7th 2013

What is the new benefits systems and how will it affect you?

  If you’ve not heard of Universal Credit, you soon will. The new benefits system, officially set to launch this Oct...

 
  June 28th 2013

‘Confused’ councils cut housing benefit to night shelters

  Night shelters operating on a ‘first come, first served’ basis are under threat following a new legal ruling...

 
  April 12th 2013

We ask how reliable homelessness figures are if the counting is partial and patchy

  Homeless services in London are reducing the number of rough sleepers they register on the capital's key database Chain....

 
  January 30th 2013

How a small group of former service users are building a mutually-supportive network and fostering activities and employment outside the homeless bubble

  In the last issue, The Pavement introduced exP2A, a new leisure and fitness-focused charity run by former and current ho...

 
  December 11th 2012

Charity run by former and current homeless service users has plans to make you lively!

  ExP2A, a new leisure-focused charity, is getting ready to launch in the New Year. The charity, which is run by former a...

 
  November 4th 2012

Some Indian rough sleepers detained; others helped to return home

Some 15 Indian rough sleepers are being held in a detention centre pending their removal from the UK after being arrested by U...

 
  July 18th 2012

American Mark Horvath decided in 2006 to make homeless people visible, and social media embraced his approach.

"Hold on a minute." Seconds after meeting Mark Horvath, founder of pioneering US video blog Invisible People, he disap...

 
  June 16th 2012

There‘s not many signs that Japan‘s problem has migrated here

  In 2009, a flurry of stories about Japan’s “net café refugees” filled the national media - incl...

 
  June 16th 2012

App turns <em>Big Issue</em> vendors into town-criers, says John Bird

  Just over a year ago, The Big Issue announced plans to develop a Big Issue app (The Pavement July 2011). While that has ...

 
  April 10th 2012

Most eligible former residents were given a social housing tenancy or alternative supported housing 

  In 2010 The Pavement (London edition) reported that homeless hostel Princess Beatrice House, run by the charity Look Ahe...

 
  February 11th 2012

The good news is that it‘s not a death sentence!

  The outdated and overused statistic that “the life expectancy of someone who sleeps rough is 42 years” has f...

 
  January 1st 2012

 Bermondsey residents praise current staff and worry about the hostel’s future

  Residents of Grange Road hostel in Bermondsey have raised concerns after it was announced that management of the hoste...

 
  December 10th 2011

 It’s time to wake up to the dangers of bin deaths

  Last month The Pavement ran its first advert warning of the dangers of sleeping in bins (pictured). But how widespread i...

 
  November 8th 2011

Westminster proposals attract criticism from homelessness charities

  Unemployed people will be pushed down the housing register under a new proposal from London’s Westminster Council,...

 
  October 7th 2011

Slavery ‘not a surprise’, say homeless charities

  Following the rescue of 24 “slaves” from a traveller’s site in Bedfordshire, it has emerged homeless p...

 
  September 17th 2011

 The ‘illegal’ run ban lives on

  It’s been branded illegal by human rights group Liberty, but Westminster City Council’s proposed byelaw bann...

 
  July 8th 2011

Homeless man is jailed for the murder of another homeless man and the attempted murder of two others

  A homeless man has been jailed for 24 years for the murder of another homeless man and the attempted murder of two other...

 
  July 8th 2011

Providers will stop operating in the Cathedral area to avoid the proposed byelaw being enacted

  Soup run representatives have agreed to stop operating outdoors around Westminster Cathedral in a bid to avoid the propo...

 
  June 9th 2011

Rough sleeping ban dropped following lack of support

  Westminster City Council has dropped its proposal to criminalise rough sleeping around Westminster Cathedral Piazza. The...

 
  May 13th 2011

Opposition to the City Council’s proposed byelaw grows

Westminster City Council’s proposed byelaw banning soup runs and rough sleeping is looking increasingly shaky as opposit...

 
  May 13th 2011

Police will be able to enter the property by force

On 7 March, a group of MPs submitted a motion that proposes criminalising squatting. The proposal was spearheaded by the Conser...

 
  April 16th 2011

Magazine available as a mobile application, says Bird

The Big Issue, the magazine best known for being sold on the streets by homeless vendors, is to become available as a mobile p...

 
  April 16th 2011

Westminster vs soup kitchens, Round one...

Anyone passing Westminster Cathedral on Sunday 20 March would have observed a hive of activity in the Piazza, as opponents of ...

 
  March 10th 2011

Our second snapshot of provision in London

Last year, The Pavement conducted its own snapshot 'street count' (London edition) using a phone and a notebook. This year we'...

 
  February 11th 2011

Simon Community snapshot survey reveals disturbing lack of provision

A snapshot survey by the Simon Community in London found that half of rough sleepers had not been offered emergency cold weath...

 
  December 9th 2010

Fancy some accommodation that can be assembled with just a spanner?

The urgent need for emergency housing has inspired some creative ideas in recent years from St Patrick's Church Trust's 'pods'...

 
  December 9th 2010

Thames Reach will provide training and employment support for people in Lambeth and Southwark

Homeless charity Thames Reach is to open a £6 million employment academy to help homeless and long-term unemployed people ...

 
  December 9th 2010

Boris Johnson comes out against what others have called "a political and flawed process"

On October 22, New Horizon Youth Centre was named runner-up in the prestigious 2010 Andy Ludlow Homelessness Awards. Just week...

 
  November 2nd 2010

Do you know anyone who died on the street in the last year?

For most people, 11 November means Remembrance Day, but amongst London's homeless people, it is not only those who died in Wor...

 
  November 2nd 2010

Attack on sleeping man was one of a number in kingston

Over recent issues, The Pavement has charted the worrying and sickening rise in attacks on homeless people, particularly in th...

 
  October 1st 2010

Two other victims in serious but stable condition in hospital

A homeless man was killed and two others left in a serious condition after a brutal attack in Ilford, East London. The incident...

 
  October 1st 2010

King George‘s Hostel is just one of a wave of more comfortable runs

Long queues, waiting in the cold, stares or abuse from passers-by... users of soup runs may not have to pay money, but there is ...

 
  September 9th 2010

We look at how they can help readers into housing

Paying rent is stressful for both tenants and landlords; the tenant is under pressure to meet regular payments, while the landlo...

 
  September 9th 2010

CHAS Central London has closed, after long service to those in need of advice

CHAS Central London (CHAS CL) has gone into administration. The charity, which provided free and independent advice on housing a...

 
  July 4th 2010

Do you know who‘s making decisions on the services and policies affecting your life?

If you've struggled with a drug or alcohol addiction, refused help from an outreach worker or had mental health problems, chance...

 
  June 7th 2010

The Channel 4 news anchor Jon Snow launches guidelines to improve hostel services

Channel 4 news anchor Jon Snow has launched a new set of guidelines to improve hostel services for homeless people. Mr Snow,...

 
  May 6th 2010

Disturbing answers emerge to March survey questions

Hot on the heels of our 'rough count' [April issue - we estimated London's rough sleeper population by compiling the numbers in ...

 
  May 6th 2010

One Yorkshire town has no rough sleepers

Rough sleepers are a thing of the past - at least in Huddersfield, which claims to have no one sleeping on its streets. Rather ...

 
  May 6th 2010

"I was mortified," says Bridlington‘s former mayor

Staff at Iceland's store in Bridlington have been accused of pouring bleach on waste food to deter homeless people and 'freegans...

 
  April 3rd 2010

A calculator and a phone are all you need to blow large holes in government homelessness statistics

The Pavement did its own 'street count' using a calculator and a telephone According to government statistics, there were 464 r...

 
  March 4th 2010

We talked to Keith McHenry, co-founder of an innovative organisation

When someone mentions free food, most of us think of a soup kitchen - perhaps a church group quietly serving cups of steaming te...

 
  March 4th 2010

One story reminded us of a longstanding problem for readers: hospital discharge protocols

An Emmaus companion was discharged from Guy's and St Thomas's hospital, London, wearing a pair of pyjama bottoms, prompting fres...

 
  February 4th 2010

The body of a homeless Welshman was illegally used in a British plot to deceive the Nazis during World War II

The body of a homeless Welshman was illegally used in a British plot to deceive the Nazis during World War II, it was recently r...

 
  February 4th 2010

The Pavement‘s charidee round-up

Celebrities love to do (or be seen doing) their bit for homeless people - bar Jonathan Creek star Alan Davies, who bit a homeles...

 
  December 11th 2009

Winter shelters not consulted

Rough sleepers suffering from swine flu could be forced to rely on churches for shelter and care, the Department of Health has s...

 
  December 8th 2009

Plans for a new Skylight centre in Oxford are set in motion

Crisis is defying the recession and its impact on charity donations as plans for its new Skylight centre in Oxford are set in mo...

 
  October 2nd 2009

What‘s behind that emblem of a dove holding a flower?

You might have walked past an Emmaus shop and wondered what lay behind the pale green sign with the emblem of a dove holding a f...

 
  September 27th 2009

Painstaking search ends as homeless Czech man‘s son is found.

A painstaking search for the family of a homeless man in Croydon, Surrey, has come to an end after the Czech national's son wa...

 
  September 26th 2009

Local authorities are encouraging the practice, a leaked document reveals

Local authorities are encouraging hostels to dissuade applications and not to document rejections for temporary housing in a pra...

 
  September 26th 2009

The Croydon Big Issue Man Appreciation Club now has more than 900 members

Big Issue seller Michael Murphy has seen his sales rocket by around 400 per cent after a customer set up a Facebook group dedica...

 
  September 10th 2009

Number of families seeking shelter rises

The face of homelessness in the US is changing with more families, white people and non-city dwellers seeking shelter, according...

 
  July 11th 2009

Congestion charges have made life more difficult for the Silver Lady Fund‘s food van

After we confirmed that the Silver Lady Fund's food van - aka 'The Pie Man' - is still in operation (Letters, Issue 28), we rece...

 
  July 11th 2009

Drinker bled for hours before emergency services were called

A beggar was beaten and left bleeding on the street for hours before anyone contacted the emergency services. The man, in hi...

 
  July 7th 2009

Slovakian immigrants set up a makeshift camp in Delapre Country Park

A group of Slovakian immigrants have set up a makeshift camp near the lake in Delapre Country Park, Northampton, a local newspap...

 
  July 7th 2009

HPU staff break LCAP camera in fracas

The London Coalition Against Poverty (LCAP) took to the streets last month to provide advice and information on the widespread p...

 
  June 12th 2009

We look at Boris Johnson‘s record on the homeless and housing

We look at Boris Johnson's record on the homeless and housing This month marks the one-year anniversary of Boris Johnson's ti...

 
  May 25th 2009

The homeless charity partners with Relate to help homeless people sustain relationships

St Mungo's has partnered with Relate, the relationship support agency, to help homeless people build and sustain relationships. ...

 
  May 24th 2009

What happens when Veterans Aid works with Scottish Veterans‘ Residences? Good things!

There is a new motto for London-based Veterans Aid and Edinburgh- based Scottish Veterans' Residences (SVR), which together have...

 
  May 24th 2009

Police find no motive or suspects in their murder investigation at the freeway encampment

Five people have been found dead at a homeless encampment in Los Angeles, USA. Police discovered the three men and two women ...

 
  May 24th 2009

Sir Ian will promote the Albert Kennedy Trust at a December fundraiser

Sir Ian McKellen is to lend his support to a gay homeless charity by attending a benefit evening organised by Village Drinks, th...

 
  May 23rd 2009

The campaign is still underway in the City to disrupt and move on rough sleepers

The campaign to move rough sleepers out of the City of London, reported in last month's Pavement, shows no sign of letting up. ...

 
  May 23rd 2009

Teenager remanded in connection with death of Polish rough sleeper

A teenager is to stand trial at the Old Bailey for the murder of a homeless man. Janusz Krason, 36, died from head injuries sus...

 
  May 23rd 2009

What happens when people refuse to leave the street or councils decide to get tough?

In recent months, The Pavement has reported on the various enforcement measures being employed to drive homeless people off the ...

 
  May 23rd 2009

Bromsgrove residents up in arms about ¬¨¬£1.7m development of young people‘s flats

Plans to build a block of flats for young homeless people face further opposition after a residents' campaign against the scheme...

 
  May 23rd 2009

The strapline for the company‘s tacky campaign? "You take off yours, we donate ours"

A Virgin Mobile publicity campaign which promised to donate clothing to groups helping young homeless people in return for video...

 
  May 23rd 2009

The National Association of Landlords condemn local authorities‘ gatekeeping practice as "absolutely abhorrent"

A new form of 'gatekeeping' is being used to keep the numbers down... Tenants whose landlords have served them with a notice ...

 
  May 22nd 2009

Unlucky rough sleeper was arrested for a theft charge dating back to 2005

A homeless man who sought shelter in a bin in New Hampshire, US, was left with minor injuries after being inadvertently thrown i...

 
  May 22nd 2009

A rise in "disrupt and disperse" is suggested as a reason for numbers dropping by 60

The Simon Community's latest annual headcount of rough sleepers showed a decline in the number of people sleeping on the streets...

 
  May 22nd 2009

The 2012 target is "a milestone" on the way to achieving the end of homelessness by 2022, says spokesperson.

In November 2006, Homeless Link, the umbrella organisation for all frontline homeless agencies, published a 10-step guide outlin...

 
  May 19th 2009

Resource Information Service and Homeless Link to map homeless services available in England

A report commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to help take the Hostels Capital Improvement...

 
  May 19th 2009

The Met Office predict a wet winter, but charities gear up for harsh weather just in case

The Meteorological Office is predicting a mild winter, with temperatures averaging at 4.6¬?C in London. Although unable to of...

 
  May 19th 2009

Rumours of riot police being called to an incident in Victoria are unfounded

Rumours of large-scale unrest near Victoria Station last month have remained just that - rumours. The Pavement received informat...

 
  May 19th 2009

Advice on everything from depression to healthy eating and getting a good night‘s sleep - and your rights

West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership has launched a Guide to Good Health for homeless people. The 72-page guide...

 
  May 19th 2009

A homeless Vietnam veteran is buried with full military honours in Colorado

A homeless veteran who died recently at the age of 58, was buried with full military honours in Denver, Colorado. Charles Wil...

 
  May 19th 2009

Over 5,000 homeless Japanese people sleep in 24-hour internet caf&eacute;s

Over 5,000 homeless people across Japan are thought to sleep in 24-hour internet cafés, according to a Japanese governmen...

 
  May 19th 2009

Sydney police abide by a protocol that protects the rights of homeless people during the recent Apec summit

More than 100 homeless people living within the security zone of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit in Sydney,...

 
  April 6th 2008

The celeb Tory politician and columnist wants to get people into some of London‘s 84,000 empty homes

He has been editor of The Spectator, MP and Shadow Minister of Higher Education, but to most people Boris Johnson is that Eton-e...

 
 

Read stories by

 
 
 
 
 
© Copyright 2009-2014 The Pavement. Established 2005 Registered Charity No. 1110656 Scottish Charity Register No. SC043760 ISSN (online) 1757-0484