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Your rights

The Rights Guide for Rough Sleepers outlines your rights around arrest, stop and search, answering police questions, move-ons, no-drinking zones, sleeping rough, taking a pee in public and highway obstruction. It was put together by The Pavement, Housing Justice, Liberty and Zacchaeus 2000.

If your benefits have been sanctioned (cut off or reduced) and you feel this is unfair, you can appeal. Print this letter and hand it in at the office where you sign on. If you feel you need more advice about sanctions, contact  Zacchaeus 2000 or your nearest  Citizen’s Advice Bureau. And let us know london@thepavement.org.uk at The Pavement!



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45 Bloom Street, Manchester, North West M1 3LY

0161 237 3223

Monday–Friday: 10am–2pm (support office)

Map   Website: bit.ly/IQ6Qns

NB: Drop-in centre closed until Autumn 2015 for building work, but support offices are open and outreach teams are on the streets Monday-Thursday evenings. (Activities are free and a timetable will be available when they reopen.) Opening hours for the drop-in centre to be confirmed. Support workers incl Eastern European language speakers.

Accommodation/housing advice, Art classes, Bathroom/showers, Bedding, Benefits advice, Clothing store, Debt advice, Dentist, Food, Internet access, Medical/health, Outreach worker links, Outreach workers, Tenancy support

Crisis Sklylight Merseyside

96 Kent Street, Liverpool, North West L1 5BD

0151 218 7000

Monday–Friday: 9am–5pm (office hours)
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:30am–4:30pm (client-facing hours)
Tuesday: 9:30am–7:30pm (client-facing hours)


Outreach service that works with homeless and vulnerably-housed people.

Accommodation/housing advice, Art classes, Benefits advice, Careers advice, Education/training, Leisure facilities, Mental health, Music/drama, Outreach workers


48 Buchanan St, Blackpool, North West FY1 3LQ

01253 294477; 01253 291038 night

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 1pm–3:30pm (drop-in)
Tuesday: 1pm–3pm (counselling)
Wednesday & Thursday: 3:30pm–6pm (life skills)
Friday: 9am–4pm (counselling)
Saturday: 2pm–5pm (cook & eat)
Monday–Sunday: 7pm–9am (night shelter, St John's Walk)

Map   Website: bit.ly/1VCKQuH

Day centre and night shelter which is open all year. Shelter and support for young people 16–25.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Alcohol workers, Art classes, Barber, Bathroom/showers, Bedding, Benefits advice, Careers advice, Clothing store, Counselling, Debt advice, Drugs workers, Education/training, Food, Food (free), Foot care, Internet access, Laundry, Leisure activities, Leisure facilities, Medical/health, Mental health, Needle exchange, Outreach worker links, Sexual health, Tenancy support

The Booth Centre

Manchester Cathedral, Victoria St, Manchester, North West M3 1SX

0161 835 2499

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9am–10am (drop-in)
Tuesday & Thursday: 9am–12am (drop-in)

Map   Website: bit.ly/cv8ZI5

An activities- and advice-based day centre which enables homeless people to rebuild their lives. See website for details of all activities.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Alcohol workers, Art classes, Benefits advice, Drugs workers, Education/training, Food (free), Internet access, Leisure activities, Leisure facilities, Mental health, Music/drama, Outreach worker links, Outreach workers

The Mustard Tree

110 Oldham Road, Ancoats, Manchester, North West M4 6AG

0161 228 7331

Friday & Saturday: 10am–4pm
Monday–Wednesday: 10am–4pm

Map   Website: bit.ly/3E80Jv

Provides support for homeless and marginalised people across Greater Manchester. They work with those who are facing the greatest barriers to employment, education, good health outcomes, secure housing, social integration and financial integration, by seeking to tackle both the causes and consequences of poverty.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Art classes, Bedding, Careers advice, Clothing store, Counselling, Education/training, Food (free), Leisure activities, Mental health, Music/drama, Tenancy support

York Arc Light

Union Terrace, York, North West YO31 7AS

01904 630 500

Monday–Sunday: 8am–10:30pm (support services)
Monday–Sunday: Open 24 hours

Map   Website: bit.ly/KlgN7q

Accommodation and support to homeless men and women in York. Welcoming centre has 35 bedrooms, meeting and counselling spaces, education, health, fitness and community facilities.

Accommodation/housing advice, Art classes, Bathroom/showers, Benefits advice, Clothing store, Education/training, Food, Foot care, Internet access, Leisure activities

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