current issue

 
 

London edition (PDF 712KB)

 

Scottish edition (PDF 589KB)

 
 
 
 

Recent tweets

 
 

Search

Your results for stories by Richard Burdett

After five years in the Royal Navy and various part-time and temping jobs, Richard Burdett began work at a London day centre. He and Nick Taylor, a volunteer at the centre, conceived and launched the Pavement in 2005. He left the day centre to run it full time soon afterwards.

 
  September 26th 2009

Housing Justice slams the proposed ban on soup runs which comes before Parliament in November

The 10th London Local Authorities Bill, which London Councils will deposit in Parliament on 27th November, proposes banning soup...

 
  September 26th 2009

This year‘s focus is on preventing people becoming homeless

Homelessness Sunday 2006 will be held on Sunday 29th January. The day unites churches across the United Kingdom in drawing atten...

 
  September 26th 2009

The Quaker Mobile Library offers a good read on the streets of London

A good book is an important part of life, and, with the evenings drawing in, finding a well-lit spot and warming yourself in the...

 
  September 26th 2009

Homeless UK has information on over 8,000 hostels, day centres and much more

Homeless UK is a public access website which computer literate readers may find useful. Although hostel vacancy information is o...

 
  September 26th 2009

A new service to help refugees into employment and training has started in the capital

London Refugee Economic Action (LORECA), a pan-London project that helps refugees to enter employment, training and enterprise, ...

 
  September 26th 2009

Volunteering offers an aid to coping with mental illness - and it‘s rewarding

A Camden man is overcoming the stigma of mental ill-health by showing how he has battled chronic depression through volunteering...

 
  September 26th 2009

Half of those surveyed had health problems ranging from mental illness and alcohol abuse to the many cases of easily treatable diseases

St Mungo's released the results of their biggest survey of the homeless in November, and listed their problems, particular among...

 
  September 26th 2009

Readers say the operation‘s purpose is to move people on and query pre-dawn ‘welfare checks‘

Operation Poncho II is in full swing in the City of London (see The Pavement 24, p10), but readers have contacted The Pavement t...

 
  September 26th 2009

The signs forbidding sleeping are still in view

A walk down the Strand will show that the No Sleeping signs, covered in The Pavement 21, are still in evidence. Three shops (Cli...

 
  September 26th 2009

The Forum goes online to coordinate its activities

The Soup Run Forum met on 12th June, close to The Passage, and had a good attendance, including Janet Haddington, from Westminst...

 
  September 26th 2009

Store‘s list enables the recently resettled to equip their new homes

If someone has a 'list' at John Lewis, you might think they were talking wedding presents, but Thames Reach have had a list at t...

 
  September 26th 2009

There‘s no danger of a clash of the Titans between the old guard and the young pretender

A new street paper has been spotted for sale - but what's it about? The Big Issue's monopoly on heartstring entrepreneurism c...

 
  September 26th 2009

The idea of stamping out homelessness by 2012 is either born of concern or is the start of clearing the streets before the Olympics

A spokesperson for the Mayor of London said last month: "Last November Homeless Link, the organisation that represents homelessn...

 
  September 26th 2009

Guinea pigs give feedback on Tom Goodfellow‘s award-winning collapsible bed

In issue 10 we reported on Tom Goodfellow's award-winning design, the Sleep (less) Rough bed - a collapsible bed, for use on the...

 
  September 26th 2009

Out of the Doorways campaign is based on self-help and alternative shelters

Homeless Front UK, who featured in Issue 15, are practising what they preach and have launched their Out of the Doorways campaig...

 
  September 26th 2009

28th January: ‘No Homes - No Justice‘ Churches focus on homeless lives

Homelessness Sunday will be observed by many on 28th January. The annual event marks a day on which churches focus on homeless l...

 
  September 26th 2009

November numbers up by a fifth

The Simon Community has found 332 rough sleepers in central London; a rise of 21 per cent on their last count. The count, con...

 
  September 26th 2009

It‘s time for the media‘s annual search for homeless veterans

It's the time of year that the media go looking for old soldiers on the street. The predictable annual rush by journalists to...

 
  September 26th 2009

To avoid confusion, homelessness charity changes its name again

In October 2001, Thames Reach and Bondway merged to become Thames Reach Bondway (TRB). Now, five years later, they've gone back ...

 
  September 26th 2009

Westminster councillor irritates soup runs by questioning their worth

The perpetual battle between Westminster City Council and soup runs flared up on 23rd August when Councillor Angela Harvey quest...

 
  September 26th 2009

Aldwych rough sleepers are again being moved on... by orders of "the management"

Two years ago, a large group of rough sleepers were moved on from Surrey Street, south of Aldwych, between The Strand and Fleet ...

 
  September 26th 2009

Charing Cross homeless unit to remain open

We can confirm that the rumours that reached our office, of the closure of the homeless unit at Charing Cross police station, ar...

 
  September 26th 2009

Westminster readers are being moved on for "security" reasons, says the borough‘s top cop

After hearing about some readers being moved off their site for security reasons, we investigated by asking questions of Chris A...

 
  September 26th 2009

Another rumour is quashed

A fight outside a West End hostel in early June highlighted a common problem on the street and in hostels: the dangers of accusa...

 
  September 26th 2009

The Royal British Legion‘s new campaign promotes its wide range of services

The Royal British Legion have launched a new campaign - Poppy Support The Royal British Legion, the UK's largest charity for ...

 
  September 26th 2009

London‘s streets are bearing the brunt of immigration from Eastern Europe, according to a new report

The European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless, FEANTSA, concluded that homeless services across We...

 
  September 26th 2009

There is a huge gulf between churches such as St Marylebone and others like Hinde Street Methodist Church which see outreach as part of their mission

The move-on of rough sleepers from the steps of Marylebone Church is only a single example of a squeeze on our readers that is a...

 
  September 26th 2009

At last, the ambitious £34 million plan is starting to come to life

On the cards for several years, The Connection at St Martin's, the old Social Care Unit on Trafalgar Square, is at last beginnin...

 
  September 26th 2009

The Quaker scheme which supports ‘non-priority‘ homeless people in east London has housed 1,225 people since 1994

HomeLink, the Quaker Social Action's rent-in-advance scheme, has reached a major milestone - housing its 100th homeless people s...

 
  September 26th 2009

A year after the church‘s loving gesture, nine of the 17 evicted are still on the streets, two have disappeared and six are in temporary accommodation

It was a year ago, on St Valentine‚Äö?Ñ?¥s Day, that St Marylebone Parish Church delivered this letter to those bedding do...

 
  September 26th 2009

The Covent Garden hostel will be revamped, not closed

Endell Street hostel, next to Covent Garden and Shaftesbury Avenue, has been the focus of rumours of closure recently, but The P...

 
  September 25th 2009

Soho‘s only women-only hostel closes for an ambitious renovation

On hearing rumours that one of the oldest hostels in London was about to close, The Pavement was first on the scene. But all is ...

 
  September 25th 2009

A row is raging over comments that hostels are "ghettos of desperation"

A ghetto is generally defined as "a section of a city occupied by a minority group who live there especially because of social, ...

 
  September 25th 2009

Chris Tarrant and Jeremy Beadle - accompanied by a security guard - bed down in Covent Garden

Celebrities working for a charity is a common event, but it is rare that a stunt is as misconceived as one recently held by Chri...

 
  September 25th 2009

Documentary company happened to be following a woman who was evicted

When The Pavement received a call to say an eviction was being filmed on Monday 11th June, outside a London hostel, it sounded l...

 
  September 25th 2009

Most of the day centre will soon be running from temporary premises

The ongoing work to the Connection at St Martin's has reached the stage that the buildings will be worked on soon. As a result m...

 
  September 25th 2009

Webber Street will reopen with improved facilities

Waterloo Christian Centre on Webber Street is to close temporarily for building works. Adam Gage, team coordinator at the day ce...

 
  September 25th 2009

When you think of the World Cup, you could be forgiven for thinking of stars such as David Beckham or Wayne Rooney, but this year a different type of international football event is being held in Scotland

From July 20 to 24, the Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh will host players competing for victory in the Homeless World Cup. T...

 
  September 25th 2009

Diane Goodkind gets a well-deserved BACP award for her work with homeless people

The British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy has given Westminster's initiative for the Homeless (Homeless Health Team...

 
  May 21st 2009

Rough sleepers in the City of London allege a campaign of sleep deprivation and harassment

Rough sleepers in the City of London have been targeted during May, in a campaign of sleep deprivation and harassment, according...

 
  June 5th 2005

It‘s easy to express your concerns to your elected representative

Now the election's over and MPs have taken up their seats, it's time to ask not what you can do for your country, but what your ...

 
  May 7th 2005

Even people without an address can vote in general, council and European elections. So, if you haven‘t already, here‘s how to register to have your say

The closing date for registering to vote in the general election was March 11, so if you're not on the electoral register alread...

 
 

Read stories by

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