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The FREE monthly for London’s homeless December 2009 2 / The Pavement, December 2009 “Sorry, I’d love to help you out but my bonus has been deferred” The Pavement, December 2009 / 3 www.thepavement.org.uk Issue 47 (London) / December 2009 The Editor Published by Surviving the Festive Season The Pavement Registered Charity Number 1110656 We try not to smother readers with Christmas, partly because we acknowl- PO Box 60385 edge that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but also because the next issue London comes out in February, so this one will have to last a little longer than usual. WC1A 9BH But there’s no getting away from it, so the humour of this issue Telephone: 020 7833 0050 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org is seasonal. Whether you’re planning the New Year or just coping with Christmas, we hope our seasonal advice columns will help. And, Editor obviously, we’ve the final update on Winter Shelters in The List. Richard Burdett If you’re in receipt of benefits, we’ve an interesting piece that may be of importance to your future claim. Alan Murdie, a barrister with Zac- Sub Editor / Web Editor chaeus 2000 Trust, has written about changes to the benefits system Val Stevenson (pages 8–10) and how it might affect our readership in particular. Read it and find out how to navigate the system. As a reader recently reminded News Editor Catherine Neilan us in a letter, commenting on council policy, “forewarned is forearmed.” If possible, we will produce an appeal form early in the New Year. Reporters January is one of our two annual publishing breaks. We need time to Rebecca Evans, Theodore Kermeliotis, catch up, but we’ll be back in February. In the meantime, the website will be Jim O’Reilly, Amanda Palmer, Clarissa updated, and you can check news and services at www.thepavement.org.uk Sebag-Montefiore, Carinya Sharples, Merry Christmas and a happy new year. Giedre Steikunaite, Carlo Svaluto Moreolo, Claire Nevill, Katy Taylor, Rebecca Wearn Richard Burdett email@example.com Photographers Rufus Exton, Jenny Hägglöv Benjamin, Katie Hyams, Hugh O’Malley Contributors Agnes, Flo, Toe Slayer, Evelyn Weir Contents Cartoonists Nick Baker, Neil Bennett, Cluff, Pete Dredge, Kathryn Lamb, Ed McLachlan, Ken Pyne, Steve Way, Mike Williams News Pages Printed by Drive thru homeless 4 Evon Print Ltd, West Sussex Missing People 7 www.evonprint.co.uk Appealing benefits cuts 8–10 The Pavement is written for your News-in-brief 11–19 entertainment and information. Whilst every effort is made to ensure Street Life the accuracy of the publication, The Pavement cannot be held responsible Street Shield – the homeless hero 20–21 for the use of the information it Dear Flo – answering questions on health 22 publishes. The contents should not be Foot care – the podiatry column 22 relied upon as a substitute for medical, legal or professional advice. The Ask Agnes – our agony aunt 25 Pavement is a forum for discussion, and Homeless city guide 26 opinions expressed in the paper are not The List (incorporating soup runs) 36–27 necessarily those of The Pavement. The Pavement (print) ISSN 1757-0476 The Pavement (Online) ISSN 1757-0484 4 / The Pavement, December 2009 Drive thru homeless US homeless are growing in cars More than 300,000 people made laugh at me and my sign. They say In Cleveland, Ohio, foreclos- homeless by the credit crunch in they don’t think I’m 97 years old.” ure accounted for zero arriv- America are living in their cars, Larry Berger added: “They als at the West Side Catholic new figures have revealed. ask why we aren’t able to get shelter in 2007. But this year, According to a report pub- her off the street. But we can’t. I the number has reached four. lished last month by a coalition have no income whatsoever.” One of these is mother-of- of housing charities across the Night time is the hardest part of three Sheri West, who spends country, more than 18 per cent Bessie’s day. She sleeps fitfully in her nights either in her Hyundai of America’s 1.6m homeless are the front passenger seat, cramped sedan or at the shelter after her not on the streets but are living and hunched under blankets, with house was repossessed last year. in their trucks and cars after their her two sons squashed in the back She said: “No one could have homes were repossessed. Entitled and driver’s seat, next to a tool told me in a million years I’d Foreclosures to Homelessness box, clothing, boxes, food and wake up in a homeless shelter. 2009, the study has highlighted other possessions. Once a week I’ve always had this dream of how the recession has created a they drive to Hollywood, where free doing better. I always wanted rising number of “mobile home- showers are available at a drop-in to own my own house.” less”, who spend their days trying centre. Sometimes, free hot meals Most people who become to sleep in their cars and trying to are served from a food truck. homeless because of foreclosure avoid getting a parking ticket. They live mostly on Ms had been low-income renters whose In Ventura County in Califor- Berger’s $375 monthly Social landlords stopped making their nia, the government has tried Security check, Mr Wilkerson’s mortgage payments, leaving them to help the situation by creat- $637 disability payments, Mr scrambling for new housing with ing “safe sleeping lots” where Berger’s $300 food stamp alloca- little notice and scant savings. cars can safely and legally camp tion and cash from bottles and But in recent months, there under police surveillance. cans they collect and recycle. has been a visible increase in the Bessie Mae Berger, a 97-year-old Rick Cole, city manager in number of former homeowners like mother-of-eight has been living Ventura, California, said: “We’ve Sheri, 50, showing up at shelters. in a 1973 Chevrolet Suburban seen a rise in people sleeping Ms West, who fell into arrears with her two sons Larry, 60, and in their cars. Some are fore- with her mortgage after her Charlie Wilkerson, 62, in Los closed former homeowners, and husband left her, added: “It Angeles for more than two years. some couldn’t afford their rent. just took the life out me. They insist on living together, People will give up their house “I was in a very bad state, a so local authorities have so far before they give up their car.” very depressed situation. Things failed to re-house them since University of California law just kind of went downhill. I their landlord sold their home and professor Gary Blasi said: “There just didn’t care anymore.” evicted them. Their days are spent is a predictable path for those Larry Haynes, director of the in public car parks, shopping centres who lose their jobs and can’t pay Mercy House shelter in Santa Ana, and occasionally begging, which is the rent or the mortgage. “First California, said: “These families when Bessie will sit by the side of they live with friends and rela- never needed help before. They the road with a cardboard sign that tives, but they’re poor, too. Then haven’t a clue about where to go, reads: “I am 97 years old. Home- they live in their cars until the and they have all sorts of humilia- less. Broke. Need help please.” cars get towed or break down.” tion issues. They don’t even know Ms Berger, who was born in Only three years ago, what to say, what to ask for.” March, 1912 – six weeks before the foreclosure was a rare factor Titanic sank – said: “I don’t mind in people becoming homeless Rebecca Evans living at the mercy of the public in America, but according to because some of the public is good the report from the National – they’re nice to me. But there are Coalition for the Homeless, it some that are nasty. Some of them now makes up 10 per cent. Advertisement, December 2009 / 5 We’re taking a break our regular break in January, but the website is accessible 365 days a year. You can read the news, keep informed & search our directory of services online @ the new website www. .org.uk 6 / Advertisement, December 2009 The Pavement, December 2009 / 7 Howard Crawford Age at disappearance: 45 Howard has been missing from Central London since 14th October 2009, but it is thought that he might be in Scotland. There is great concern for as his safety and wellbeing. He is urged to call our confidential service Message Home on Freefone 0800 700 740 for advice and support. Howard is 178cm tall and of medium build. If you have seen Howard please call the 24-hour confidential charity Missing People on Freefone 0500 700 700 oremail:seensomeone@ missingpeople.org.uk “Spare a Christmas pudding with some spare change in it?” 8 / The Pavement, December 2009 Appealing benefit cuts If you’re on benefits, this could affect you – forewarned is forearmed Thousands of people could lose to receive benefit. Sanctions may ments from the Social Fund and some or all of their benefit under also be imposed where you have Christmas bonuses will be excluded. changes being introduced in late been fined for certain offences, or Sanctions may be imposed for any 2009 and early 2010 in the way have suffered a penalty, including period from one week up to 26 benefits are paid. This is part of a offences for which you may be weeks. Different rules will apply crackdown on work-shy claimants cautioned. These include alleged for couples with joint JSA claims. that the Government is calling criminal acts committed towards “the biggest shake-up of the benefit staff and could potentially What about pensioners? benefits system for 60 years”. include things as minor as little as You can already have your making a noise in the benefit office. Pensioners may be treated more money cut (or “sanctioned”) for a The sanction may be imposed in lightly, as the Secretary of State number of reasons, but the Depart- response to a caution, so you may has a wide discretion. Perhaps ment of Work and Pensions (DWP) not even be convicted of an offence. with a view to media reaction and is gearing up for sanctions on a calls of ‘Scrooge’, the Christ- grander scale than ever contem- What about drug testing? mas bonus is omitted from the plated by any Government. The list of sanctionable benefits. danger is that many thousands of Included in the Welfare Reform Bill wholly honest, innocent and job- are regulation-making powers to be Are there risks? seeking claimants may find they used where a claimant is suspected and their families are left with no of abusing drugs or alcohol. Yes. A DWP officer may make a money, perhaps for weeks at a time. Ultimately, the Government mistake, get your name confused If your benefit is cut, you wants to test claimants who are with someone else’s, misunderstand have a right of appeal. Wherever suspected of drug or alcohol abuse, the facts, or lose your documents possible, you should get help or and sanctions could be imposed and details. You could simply fall advice with a tribunal, but people where you refuse to be tested. Just victim to a careless or even a plain can win them by themselves. how qualified job centre staff or nasty individual who shouldn’t be hirelings will be to conduct such in the job and takes it out on you, What types of sanction are there? assessments remains to be seen. the claimant. A sanction could be imposed out of incompetence, prej- You can have your benefit cut What benefits are at risk? udice or spite. There may even be for failing to look for work, for targets of how many people each missing meetings or checks at the Sanctions will be mainly aimed at centre is meant to reach, and cuts in job centre, or for failing to follow unemployed claimants receiv- DWP staff are likely. Sanctions may steps that an adviser recommends. ing Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) be imposed upon someone who is Sanctions follow for convictions or Employment and Support already subject to deductions – for for certain offences such as benefit Allowance. (Income support is example, for a Social Fund loan. fraud. Benefits may also be cut off being abolished.) Under the Bill, where you fail to supply informa- “sanctionable benefit” can include How many people will be affected? tion you are asked for or expected housing and council tax benefit. to supply. This happens when the Impossible to say, but it is likely DWP or local authority lose the Which benefits may to be thousands. Tom McNulty, information you send them. not be sanctioned? DWP minister, told Parliament last year that his Department had What will be covered in Certain benefits are likely to be sanctioned 280,000 claimants up the new sanctions? excluded. These may include to July 2008. When this happens, joint-claim JSA; retirement pen- the person sanctioned disappears Soon, a policy of workfare will be sions, disability living allowance, off the unemployment register, introduced whereby claimants attendance allowance, child benefit giving an impression in statistics will be compelled to work simply and guardian benefit. Certain pay- that unemployment is falling. The Pavement, December 2009 / 9 “Sorry, the stables been converted into a holiday let” Who makes the decision What should I do if I am What happens when I appeal? to sanction? wrongly sanctioned? Sometimes the DWP will reverse The initial decisions are made You must appeal in writing their decision on receiving your officials at the DWP, usually based against the decision. Put a letter appeal letter. If they reject your on information from the adviser into the DWP office stating that appeal, then the matter will be who works on the claimant’s case. you wish to appeal. Keep a copy sent to the Tribunal Service, and telephone them afterwards which arranges hearings. What if you get a sanction? to check they have received it. In practice, DWP rules require What happens next? The first thing to establish is why that any letter that mentions an you are being sanctioned. The appeal should be treated as such. The Tribunal Service will write DWP should issue a letter explain- to you asking if you want to ing the reasons for their decision. How long do I have to appeal? go ahead. You should reply in writing and the Tribunal Service You must appeal within one will list a date and place for the month of the DWP letter. Tribunal to be heard near you. 10 / The Pavement, December 2009 What will the DWP do if the What happens at the Tribunal? ately. Sometimes it will be later case goes to Tribunal? and a copy is always given in Appeals are heard before a single writing. If your appeal succeeds, The DWP sends a bundle of judge and can be dealt with quite the sanction will be cancelled documents to you via the Tribunal quickly. The DWP often do not and any money restored. Service. Don’t be put off by its size. turn up for the hearing. Tribunals The bundle will give details only concentrate on finding the facts. Are there further rights of appeal? of law that is favourable to the They tend to be informal, being held DWP. It will not include cases or sitting round a table at the Tribunal Yes, on points of law beyond points that are favourable to you, office, and are thus different to the Tribunal, and cases eventu- nor any facts in your favour. It is courts. However, they are serious ally can reach the Courts. If you important that you tell the Tribunal proceedings, and the Judges have are appealing, get legal advice the facts and your point of view. wide powers to correct DWP errors. or guidance from any advice or support agency wherever pos- What is the Tribunal? Can a friend come with me? sible. Useful books on all aspects of social security law are issued by Social Security Appeal Tribunals Yes, a friend or relative can come the Child Poverty Action Group. are now known as the ‘Lower Tier along to advise or represent you The Government ought to be Tribunal’. Tribunals used to have as what is called a “McKenzie worried about the impact not just three members but they are now, friend”. S/he can help you take on claimants but also on how DWP increasingly, heard by a legally- notes and present your case, and centres will cope if they get lots qualified judge, who sits alone. give you confidence and support. of appeals. One DWP employee recently said that his office What arguments can be used? What evidence should would struggle with more than the Tribunal look at? six appeals in a month. In fact, it There are lots of potential argu- seemed to collapse with just one! ments; and, in most case, there The judge will look at your will be an issue which the DWP appeal letter and the documents Alan Murdie LL.B has overlooked, known as “failing from the DWP and then ask Barrister to consider a relevant fact”. In a questions. Anyone who knows Zacchaeus 2000 Trust number of cases, sanctions should about your circumstances can not be imposed where there is give evidence. A lot of evidence what is called “good cause” for is given by simply answering the the claimant doing what s/he did questions from the Judge. However, – in other words, there are reasons the Tribunal should look at any or mitigating circumstances. other evidence you bring along. For example, if you are sanc- tioned for being late at an interview What sort of evidence or not turning up, you may have can be considered? good cause for not having done what you were told or what was A wide range of evidence can be expected of you. In one recent considered. You can bring witnesses case, a person sanctioned for who can confirm what you say or missing an interview was actually talk to the judge direct. If you are on undertaking a DWP-approved study medication, bring a doctor’s letter, course at the time. The DWP may hospital letters and examples of all simply lose the information you your medicines to show the tribunal. have sent and cut off benefit. Potentially any document, film or “Good cause” is not defined photo can be used as evidence. in law, so there may be all kinds of good reasons why you should What happens at the not be sanctioned which the DWP end of the hearing? decision maker did not know about. Sometimes you will be given the judge’s decision immedi- The Pavement, December 2009 / 11 News-in-Brief The national and international homeless news Professor Davies is reported to However, Church of England London churches could have replied: “The [Department of spokesman Steve Jenkins said Communities and Local Govern- there was no mention of using shelter homeless swine ment] is advising local authorities churches as shelters in the guide flu sufferers to consider use of B&B placements, and that the church has received no single rooms in hostels, emergency information about the proposals. Rough sleepers suffering from beds in day centres or churches A meeting to explore the propos- swine flu could be forced to rely on etc. PCTs [Primary Care Trusts] als was held by Ms Leigh and Alistair churches for shelter and care, the may need to provide support/ Murray, from Housing Justice; Maff Department of Health has said. advice, should larger numbers Potts, from the Salvation Army; and The national director of pan- of rough sleepers become ill.” Mick Clarke, from The Passage. demic flu preparedness, Professor She also drew attention to a Although they accepted that it Lindsey Davies, said local councils short guide for people working would mean rough sleepers with were being advised to consider with rough sleepers, titled Faith swine flu had somewhere to go, using churches as shelters for Communities and Pandemic Flu. they also highlighted a long list of homeless swine flu patients when the second wave of the pandemic hits, according to an article from the British Medical Association (BMA). However, serious concerns have been raised about the proposals. Sally Leigh, London Coordinator for Housing Justice, said: “Rough sleepers with swine flu should be treated with dignity in medically-led provision. It is inappropriate to stow them away in side rooms of church halls to be cared for by well-meaning but medically untrained volunteers”. She added, “We [Housing Justice] do not have the facilities, people, funds, training or medical expertise necessary to provide 24-hour medical care in an infec- tion-controlled environment. The NHS must take the lead on this, not the church and its volunteers.” The proposals were outlined in a letter from Professor Davies to BMA public health medicine committee chair Richard Jarvis, in response to his letter raising BMA’s concerns about where rough sleepers could stay after contracting swine flu, a key issue considering the official advice for those who contract swine flu is to stay at home, drink plenty of liquids and rest. 12 / The Pavement, December 2009 weaknesses, such as the inad- Readers have voiced concerns dation, 75 had short-term shelter equate living/nursing conditions a that the legislation is more about and two were in detox or rehab. church could provide, the difficulty æsthetics than social support. Whilst 15 people were unaccounted of finding volunteers to provide However, the plans to move for, only 67 were still sleeping rough. 24-hour care, the health risk to on rough sleepers could be due to Paul Anderson, head of London volunteers, and lack of budget for wider economic problems in the at Homeless Link, said: “It’s a vital equipment and basic supplies. country – such as high immigration pretty amazing achievement. from struggling neighbour states Local services and the London Carinya Sharples Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and Delivery Board seem commit- even people from as far afield as ted to making this happen. war-torn Somalia, who come to “To pull the plug on funding South African football South Africa in search of work, often now would be counterintui- as illegal street hawkers, unofficial tive. It is better to spend money move on security guards and sex workers. on services that really work In addition, FIFA itself alleg- than just spend money. I think International sporting events edly publishes rules on host there is real commitment.” may be good for the economy, stadiums in a bid to ensure So far, only seven people but the jury is still out on they are smart and present- have been ‘reconnected’ outside whether hosting big games able. One rule allegedly states London and just two have been helps all sections of society. that no cranes or building sites deported, suggesting that in The FIFA World Cup is due should be visible around stadium contrast with clean-up of other to be hosted by South Africa in skylines during the World Cup. Olympic cities (where the home- 2010 – and last month, human Critics of the plans have less were bought pre-games train rights groups in Cape Town likened the city move-ons to tickets out of town), alternative claimed that South African cities apartheid era policy, when local solutions are being sought are planning to create “concen- black residents were prevented Tackling homelessness was tration camps” to house thou- from entering white-only dis- a priority for mayoral candi- sands of poor people well away tricts of towns and cities. dates from all three main parties from the football stadiums. However, the Johannesburg during the election, making for According to a report in The displaced people’s unit has broad support for plans now. Times newspaper, charities have defended the proposals, claim- It is, perhaps, this as well as seen leaked documents that ing they were aimed at restoring the upcoming Olympics that’s show plans to clear the streets “the dignity of the homeless”. providing the political momen- of the homeless during the tum now where it was missing tournament. Councils in Johan- Rebecca Wearn before, suggested Anderson. nesburg and Durban have told Although it may not have acted charities that street children and widely on those terms yet, the LDB the destitute will be “compas- The countdown continues has endorsed the tough love policies sionately relocated out of city of eight charities involved, sanction- centres” from the end of 2009. More than half of London’s ing deporting and sectioning those Bill Rogers, from the Addic- “entrenched homeless” have been who refuse to leave the streets. tion Action Campaign, which helped into housing as the clean Jeremy Swain, chief executive helps thousands of drug abusers up before the Olympics continues, of homelessness charity Thames in Johannesburg, said the local according to Homeless Link. Reach, said: “Where we think councils had even asked charities Working with the umbrella someone is unwell we will try to get for assistance with the scheme. He homeless organisation, the London them to voluntarily go to a hostel told The Times: “We’ve been made Mayor, Boris Johnson, set up the but ultimately we can have them aware of the city’s plans to move London Delivery Board with a sectioned. This happened in north thousands of homeless people pledge to end rough sleeping before London recently with someone to shelters away from the city.” the 2012 Olympics, and they seem who had been rough sleeping for The Pavement has long been to be delivering on his promise. a number of years. If there is a examining London’s hopes to Recently published figures foreign national with a criminal “end rough sleeping by 2012”, the suggest out of the identified core of history, they will be deported.” same year the nation’s capital 205 “entrenched rough sleepers”, St Mungo’s highlighted the will host the Olympic Games. 32 had found long-term accommo- need for mental health services for The Pavement, December 2009 / 13 “Oh no – that’s the third Santa we’ve lost this week” 14 / The Pavement, December 2009 “Well, genetics mainly and they will make a nice change from the usual Christmas turkey” The Pavement, December 2009 / 15 the homeless but have, like other consortium that will include the having their own space.” homeless charities, been very posi- skills necessary for any successful Of the 30 new hostel rooms, tive about the work being done. building project; the group will have 25 will have their own bathrooms Despite all this, people still wait expertise in land, finance, planning, and self-catering facilities, which 14 years for council housing in construction, housing management Baldwin hopes will encourage some boroughs and with 353,130 and tenant support. The charity has residents to stay longer than homeless families remaining home- already been offered 10 containers they sometimes do in dormitory less in inner London, according to and now has feelers out for building accommodation where they may the latest figures, the problem is sites. Alison Gelder, chief executive, not feel as safe. He is optimistic not going away, even if the more said: “Our Container City concept that this will provide more stabil- visible side is being tackled. offers a solution to homelessness. ity for people sorting out drug, Housing Justice is planning housing or employment problems. Katy Taylor a showcase small development As with all change, though, the that will demonstrate that re- improvements are not without housing homeless people can loss, and funding and staffing Dustcart dangers be done swiftly and cheaply.” shortfalls meant the day centre The cost of producing well- closed on 3rd July as the improved resurface after death insulated, spacious, double-glazed temporary hostel opened. accommodation using decommis- John Carey, 44, one of the A homeless man in the Ardwick sioned containers is dramatically homeless residents already ben- area of Manchester has died after lower than with conventional efiting from new facilities, told his being tipped into a dustcart. building methods. The units are local paper, the Waltham Forest He climbed into the bin to also mobile and easy to dis- Guardian, about the reactions of escape the cold and was unable mantle, so if the lease on a site the service users. “A lot of people to shout a warning before being expires, they can be installed on are upset,” he explained. ”There tipped into the lorry on 25th a different site within a day. is a soup kitchen at 8pm, but it November. Greater Manchester is a long wait in the day for that. Police say the 31-year-old died of Val Stevenson And having a drop-in centre keeps asphyxiation, crushed in the lorry. down crime on the streets.” This happens every year The Forest Road drop-in centre to readers who seek shelter New Branches shelter previously provided daily support in bins and skips, although it and shelter for up to 45 people usual only results in injury. North London charity Branches, who have struggled to find the which provided 24-hour drop-in same level of help elsewhere. The Staff support services to homeless men Fountain of Peace Church, Staffa and women in Walthamstow, is Road, has provided a welcome • Last year we talked to a major undergoing a significant revamp alternative. Since the closure of waste management company to provide overnight accom- Branches, it has set up a shelter. about a campaign to explain the modation for 30 individuals. and offers cooked meals and dangers to our readership, and we’ll The charity is providing an English lessons to its users. reopen the dialogue with this death. already improved service from a In the meantime, warn any you new Leytonstone building, while the Katy Taylor know who’ve used bins for shelter. old one undergoes drastic alteration There is general excitement about the new building, which will A homeless man’s castle Container City hopefully be completed by the end of next year. Peter Baldwin, Police searching a room within a Representatives from a number of Branches chief executive, said: hostel have been labelled “tres- homeless organisations have visited “Users will have their own rooms passers” by a High Court Judge. Container City (pictured on our and there will be no more dormi- At the hearing last month, the website – www.thepavement.org.uk tory sharing. We are all really Court heard how police searched ), in the south of England, to discuss pleased about this. The residents a room within a hostel without a pilot project to use containers have been getting involved by the occupier’s permission. This as move-on accommodation. doing painting and decorating, was ruled unlawful, with Lord Housing Justice is forming a and are getting excited about Justice Elias saying that each 16 / The Pavement, December 2009 homeless individual has “the right police have reasonable grounds to few success stories in that time. to say ‘my home is my castle’ believe the person sought may be. That’s what makes it all worth- as much as anyone else.” The premises may only be searched while, when you can see how Omar Prince Thomas was living to the extent that is reasonably much someone’s changed, that in the local authority hostel in Lewi- required to find the person sought, they’ve got their confidence again sham, south London, when Metro- ie, only those parts where a person and their lives back on track.” politan Police officers raided it, to could conceal themselves.” Birmingham Council used to arrest burglary suspect Matthew Put simply, the police are provide funding for more than Hamilton. Mr Thomas objected allowed to search your room 20 smaller agencies across the to his room being searched, but without permission only if they city, but has now consolidated officers said they were entitled have reasonable grounds to think this to just two agencies provid- to search the whole building. someone is hiding in there. ing accommodation and one Blackfriars Crown Court found The Home Office said it would for drug and alcohol support. that the premises were, in fact, one study the judgment in terms of SIFA, which has a residential six- communal dwelling, and therefore police policy going forward. bed alcohol reduction facility and a the police had the right to search residential 21 bed “dry” facility, pro- the whole of it. However, this was Liza Edwards vides 24-hour care support for those overturned by the High Court, which battling against alcohol addiction. ruled that there was a “sufficient Yusuf, a resident of the dry degree of exclusive occupation”, Birmingham funding cuts house, said: “I know loads of blokes as the rooms were numbered, who would love the chance to come and each had its own lock. hit alcohol service here – they’re not going to get it. It Fellow high court judge Mr makes no sense to close this place, Justice Openshaw, said: “Officers An alcohol abuse centre in Birming- the wealth of experience they’re should be treated as though they ham is set to close after its funding going to be losing, they’re going were trespassers and were not, all was withdrawn by the city’s council. to have to start all over again. the time they remained in his room, SIFA Fireside, a 27-bed volun- It’s just a short-term financial fix, acting in the court of their duty.” tary programme to help people but they’re not going to save in He added: “It seems to me that - many of whom are homeless the long run when we’re all back homeless people living in rooms - become free of alcohol faces in hospital with liver failure.” in local authority hostels are as imminent closure after losing Residents and staff at the much entitled to the protection out in a bidding process. centre do not yet know when of the law as those living a more Supporting People, the council’s they will close, which is causing settled, conventional life. Indeed, fund-allocation body, aims to help stress and uncertainty. they may be particularly vulnerable “vulnerable people... by providing Manager Kim Butler said: “Since and may need more protection.” a stable environment”. It deter- the news was announced two A spokesperson for the Home mines which charities receive months ago, Supporting People Office said: “Section 17 of the money through a bidding process. still hasn’t let us know when the Police and Criminal Evidence Act But SIFA claimed the bidding project is actually going to close. 1984 gives the police a power to system was unfair, as it did not They keep changing the date.” enter and search premises without reflect the unique nature of the Supporting People has a search warrant in order to arrest service offered at their centre, defended the decision, citing the a person for an indictable offence. which is the only residential “dry need to “get value for money”. This includes burglary. However, house” in Birmingham. This meant the power is subject to limitations. that they were put in the drug Rebecca Evans “It may only be exercised if and alcohol category, and only police have reasonable grounds allowed to bid for that contract. to believe the person they wish Also, as they offer accommoda- Tower Hamlets hostel to arrest is on the premises. If the tion, their costs were higher than premises that police wish to enter the successful bidder who did not Estate agents in East London are and search consists of two or more plan to offer residential support. seeking new tenants for a 110-bed separate dwellings, then the power Carole Powell, a counsellor hostel. Local Liberal Democrat to enter and search is limited to any at the centre, said: “This project councillor Dr Stephanie Eaton communal parts of the premises works. I’ve been here nearly four contacted The Pavement, hoping and any such dwelling in which years and we’ve had quite a that the property lease might The Pavement, December 2009 / 17 attract the attention of an organi- on the famous luxury hotel, The Manchester hides soup sation to support the homeless. Savoy. The contract has now ended, But Cllr Eaton warned that and the estate agency understands kitchens the site will need a lot of work: the workers have been re-housed or “It appears to be a generally have returned home. It is believed Accessing help has become sound building, though in need that DMG Management Ltd had more difficult for rough sleep- of maintenance. The rooms are a used the property for various ers in Manchester after council reasonable size, kitchens are OK, contract construction projects. bosses changed the loca- and communal areas are a good Previously, the building has tion of soup kitchens for the size,” she said. “The roof needs been a nursery and a convent, but second time in six months. repairing and the lifts do not work.” it is hoped it can remain a hostel. Local charities have accused The council believes the building It has been empty for several authorities of trying to disguise could be put to good use to house weeks, but the estate agents are the city’s homeless problem. homeless people in Tower Hamlets, struggling to find the right tenants. Peter Green, from Christian although the council themselves Stephen Hurford, of Hurford street group Barnabus, told the have no plans to take over the build- Salvi Carr, said that he had received Manchester Evening News: “We are ing. “The Council’s official numbers more than 100 enquiries from going to bring the soup kitchen into of rough sleeping people are ridicu- possible tenants, and has shown our building on Bloom Street. I still lously low,” said Cllr Eaton. “But I more than 45 groups around the feel it is the agenda of the council to know there are a number of home- property. But none, so far, have be rid of soup kitchens. In the years less people who need hostel accom- sufficient hostel experience to we have been operating, we have modation, so it would be great if manage the building well enough. been moved eight or nine times.” this could be repaired and put into The site is to be let on a new 10- Outreach workers were asked use to house homeless people. “ year lease, with a rent of £300,000 to shift their mobile kitchens from The property, on Commercial per annum, which equates to the Mancunian Way skate park to Road, in Limehouse, was last held just £7.50 per bed per night. Hoyle Street. The move follows an by DMG Management Ltd, who earlier relocation from Store Street, most recently let rooms to their Rebecca Wearn near Piccadilly Station, which was Romanian and Polish contract being used in the past four years. workers, employed for renovations 18 / Advertisement, December 2009 “We have found it unhelpful. well as training and work oppor- 400,000 into the project, while Our clients have been confused tunities for everyone, particu- Crisis is to contribute in the region about where to go and it has larly the homeless or vulnerably of £200,000 – although both not helped with planning,” Paul housed. Like the existing Skylight figures are yet to be confirmed. Wenham, manager of the Mustard centres in London and Newcas- Like many other charities, Crisis Tree charity, told the paper. tle, there will be both practical has been hit hard by the eco- The city’s authorities said the and creative workshops, such as nomic crisis. In its Annual Report relocation reflected the concerns carpentry, IT or song-writing. 2008/2009, chief executive Leslie of neighbours and local business. The new centre will be located Morphy noted: “The collapse of Susan Triggs, from the in the Old Fire Station at Gloucester parts of the financial and banking council’s adult services, said: Green, and forms part of a wider sector has not helped our fundrais- “We work hard to balance the redevelopment of the historic ing effort. Our corporate donations needs of this type of provision building. There will also be facilities have been significantly lower against a constantly changing for the local community, including this year than last, and sponsor- and developing city centre.” a cafe/bar and dedicated spaces ship was pulled with little notice”. for performances, rehearsals, Despite this, Ms Devlin told The Teo Kermeliotis social enterprise and exhibitions. Pavement: “We don’t want to The project is being carried hold back. We’re determined out in partnership with Oxford to continue with this project, Crisis, what crisis? City Council, with almost £2.9m despite the economic situation”. in funding from the Communi- In order to help weather the Crisis is defying the recession and ties and Local Government’s financial storm, Crisis increased its impact on charity donations as Places of Change Programme. its reserves by 10 per cent (or plans for its new Skylight centre Ciara Devlin, Project Manager £850,000) between February 2008 in Oxford are set in motion. of Crisis New Developments and June 2009 in recognition, noted Crisis Skylight Oxford will offer Team, said Oxford City Council the annual report, “of the fact that up to 50 workshops per week, as will be putting around £300,000- significant funds will be required in The Pavement, December 2009 / 19 the 2009/10 financial year to fund major capita projects including Oxford”. These reserves will also help Crisis achieve its other aims, such as expanding aspects of its Skylight services into Birmingham. The money to run all the Skylight centres comes from voluntary donations and, in part, contracts awarded to Crisis by further education colleges, local authorities and the Learning and Skills Council. However, Ms Devlin said it was hoped the new Oxford centre would prove profitable too, such as through the renting out of rehearsal space. “We’re always looking at ways of becoming more self-funded,” she added. Carinya Sharples Camden Closures - The Council’s Response They would also be supported to a homeless shelter because it Last issue we printed a letter from move on to other types of housing if breached new “loitering laws”. Frank Dobson, MP, voicing his they wish. Camden Council is com- The court found in favour concerns about hostel closures in mitted to working with all residents of Rev Jack Wisor and ordered Camden. Mr Dobson described in the hostels being considered for Brookville district council to pay him Camden’s housing consultation as closure and will discuss with them $100,000 (£60,648) and let him “very faulty”, and criticised their individually their re-housing prefer- re-open the Just for Jesus shelter. closure of several hostels, including ences. Demand from homeless The shelter was shut down those at Holmes Road, Mount Pleas- people has fallen in recent years. after inspectors broke into it, ant and Gray’s Inn Road. “At a time “However, we can procure in order to prove it had vio- of rising unemployment and repos- temporary accommodation quickly lated new zoning laws. sessions, would a Council that cares should there be an unexpected Rev Wisor sued the city last be closing and selling off accommo- surge in demand in the future.” November after officials designated dation for the homeless?” he asked. the facility as a “group home”, For this issue we approached Jim O’Reilly which contravenes new zoning laws. Camden council to get a response to In addition to the money, Mr Dobson’s concerns. The housing • We will continue to monitor the council will not place a department released a statement developments in Camden’s limit on the number of people to The Pavement saying: “The hostel closure programme. If who can stay at the shelter. Council currently has a substantial you have had any experiences According to a survey of 200 number of unfilled hostel places. with closures in Camden, get cities by the American National A number of hostels are being in touch. Address on page 3. Coalition for the Homeless, considered for closure including loitering laws have increased some for single people that would by 11 per cent, as have clamp- require a large amount of money to US homeless case downs on public camping, bring them up to proper standards. which are up seven per cent. “Anyone in these hostels seeking A Pennsylvanian pastor has taken hostel accommodation will be able his town council to court after Rebecca Evans to go to a hostel in better condition. they forced him to shut down 22 / The Pavement, December 2009 Health and wellbeing The Pavement’s health team – a nurse, podiatrist and counsellor – answer your questions If you can’t get to the dentist Lastly, if you overindulge over Dear Nurse Flo and you suffer from toothache, the Christmas period, remember make sure you’ve got plenty there’s no cure for a hangover I have one aunt who writes her painkillers to see you through. except plenty water, para- Christmas cards in July and another If you become ill over Christmas cetamol and rest. Have a good who does her Christmas shop- and you have access to a telephone, Christmas and stay healthy. ping in the January sales. This then call NHS Direct on 0845 4647. type of forward planning is a bit They can call you back and will Nurse Flo over the top, but there’s nothing assess your symptoms over the wrong with being prepared. phone, give advice and, if neces- • To put a question to our nurse, Looking after your health sary, refer you on to the best place email: firstname.lastname@example.org over the festive season can be a to get treated. In Scotland you or write to the address on page 3 challenge, but the good news is can phone NHS 24 on 08454 24 that a whole heap of hassle can 24 24. If you don’t have access to be avoided if you plan ahead. a phone, find out now where the Footcare – practical Do you have any niggling health closest out-of-hours clinic is and worries? Anything you’ve been make sure you have a plan if you podiatry advice putting off going to the doctor need medical help over Christmas. about? Go and get it seen to now. Accident and Emergency is We all need feet! They keep us Sod’s law dictates it will get worse going to be busy over Christmas walking the many thousands of when everything is shut and you and the New Year, so if you are not miles we cover in a lifetime, and can’t do anything about it. very unwell, you may have a long when they are working well, we Think about your prescriptions. wait – NHS Direct will generally give them little thought. When a Are they up to date? Do you have sort you out more quickly. However, problem occurs, though, we soon enough of any prescription medi- if you are in intolerable pain, are notice what they do for us every cines you use to see you through bleeding heavily, had an accident day. Lots of things ‘out there’ can be a danger to our feet, so let’s look the Christmas holidays? Remember, or are taken seriously unwell and at how to avoid a few of them. Christmas falls on a Thursday this feel you need immediate medical year, so pharmacists will probably attention, don’t hesitate to call 999 be closed or on limited opening or go to Accident and Emergency. Injury hours until the following Monday. Although Christmas is a happy Think about any over-the-counter time for most people, it has its I have seen a significant number remedies you might use – things like own unique stresses and problems. of foot accidents as a podia- paracetamol, cold remedies, laxa- Often it can bring memories to the trist. Machinery, lawnmowers, tives, indigestion remedies, nicotine surface of people no longer with buses cutting corners and replacement therapy or sticking us or force us into the company mounting pavements – all can plasters. If you use of any of these, of family we have nothing in crush or damage your toes. stock up beforehand if you can. common with. Try not to be alone Nature also has risks. Dog bites How are your teeth? Last year on Christmas Day, find out what’s to the ankles; adders waiting for NHS Direct reported lots of phone on in your local area and make a unwary travellers in the Scottish calls about toothache. Toothache plan so you’ll be with other people. hills, wasps and bees that are not is no joke, so visit the dentist if you Remember to take care of your keen to be stood on – all can and can. Dental services for homeless emotional health. People with do cause serious foot trauma. people vary from area to area, so mental health issues often find Dropping things on the feet is ask your doctor or a nurse for a list Christmas difficult, so be kind to common and not a major worry if it of local dentists who treat homeless yourself and get help if you are is a light, blunt item. But knife and people. You don’t need an address feeling low. NHS Direct and NHS 24 sharps injuries to the top of the foot to register with a dentist – you can help you out with mental health can and do happen, and if you drop can use a friend’s or relative’s. problems as well as physical ones. something heavy and/or sharp, your The Pavement, December 2009 / 23 “You’ve got Jingle Bell’s Palsy” 24 / The Pavement, December 2009 feet will bear the brunt. Standing on to mention broken wrists. Only Infection and infestation things in bare feet is also common, wear heels you can walk in, or as are splashing or burning the take a flatter pair with you for It’s not only big creatures like top of bare feet while cooking. getting home. Wear flattish shoes dogs that are out to get us! Feet So: how do you avoid these most of the time if you can. and hands can pass on scabies types of problem? Wear thick Keep your everyday footwear mite infestation, which is common shoes and socks outdoors. Put in good condition: flapping, and easily treated by a doctor. something on your feet if you detached soles leak and can trip Signs that you have the mite are in a kitchen, which is where you; and if your footwear is really include itching between the toes, most foot accidents take place. worn, it might not offer your foot some redness around the itchy area No footwear is bus- or car-proof, the best support. Tie your laces and little white trails that show the so stay well back on pavements. – lots of people fall because of burrows where they live in your skin. the fashion for wearing trainers Allergies or – more commonly Footwear with loose laces or none at all. – fungal skin infection can also Check out your local centres cause itching in the feet and make High heels (even if they’re only to see if they offer good quality the skin white and soggy, and an inch or so high) can cause a second hand shoes or boots if you maybe peel. Verrucæ are caused by lot of foot-related trauma, not think yours are past their best. a viral infection, and are notoriously “Well, so much for the internet” The Pavement, December 2009 / 25 difficult to treat. Prevent all these “Waking up by myself in a law that you find Christmas Day things by keeping your feet covered hostel on Christmas Day feels like the most howlingly sad day of the in communal wet areas if you can, the loneliest place in the world. year and that you spend it alone, and avoid skin-to-skin foot contact. “Coping with my drug addic- crying into a bottle of brandy… tion on Christmas Day really One survivor of the ghosts of Too hot, too cold, just right made things rough on my family, Christmas Past gave Agnes some especially my younger sister. It’s good and straightforward advice: Try not to let your feet get into been a long time now since I’ve remove some or all of the pressure extremes of temperature. They been home on Christmas Day. I by accepting that it’s OK not to cool quickly, so if you’re sleep- really miss them on that day, but celebrate the day. It’s also OK to ing outdoors, keep your shoes on I’m not sure how to go back. not feel good about it. Furthermore, and pay particular attention to “I always enjoyed home- those picture-perfect families wrapping the feet with what- less Christmas gatherings like only exist in the minds of people ever extra materials you have. Crisis, because it gives you who don’t have real families – an Cold wet feet are even more of something to do. But it also enormous number of real families a risk, so try to keep them dry. reminds you that you don’t have feel frazzled by Boxing Day and Don’t be tempted to stick your own family to be with. don’t speak to each other for days, your bare, cold feet in front of a John” weeks or months after the 25th! heat source – warming them too Agnes is not advising her quickly can make your circulation Dear John, readers to shut down and assume protest and lead to chilblains. Walking around the streets of a mask of indifference towards London at Christmas is a journey Christmas Day. No one will be Dangers from you through a living, breathing Advent fooled; it takes a rare soul to rise calendar. Peering into windows above the universal Christmas glitz Smoking, drinking and street drugs on back streets, you see picture- and goodwill. Perhaps you could can do harm to your feet, so try to perfect Christmas trees; families find a way to mark rather than cut down or cut out where you can seated around kitchen tables celebrate the passing of another Have a good festive season, and smiling, with steaming mugs of Christmas. It would not have to be take your feet safely and smoothly tea; children drawing, lights glint- a celebration, but it could help to into 2010. Take care of your pair: ing off the big piles of presents keep it positive: a pre-Christmas keep them covered and protected in the background; and the other dinner with family or friends on as much as you can. (And don’t domestic comforts that can send Christmas Eve; a contemplative worry about the adders – they the heart of the passer-by into walk in a place with some personal cancel Christmas and sleep until agonies of loneliness or nostalgia. meaning; a charitable act. What- about April… alright for some, eh?) Perhaps you have had family ever you choose to do, doing it only Christmases yourself. Perhaps they once a year will bring a personal Evelyn Weir were far from being so harmoni- significance to Christmas Day. Lecturer in Podiatry ous. Perhaps you never want to Queen Margaret University have another as long as you live! Agnes Edinburgh However your Christmas issues manifest, the thorny issue of how to • To pose a query to our deal with the Big Day can cause a agony aunt, email: agnes@ Ask Agnes – The lot of anxiety for the anti-Christmas thepavement.org.uk or write brigade. We could search des- to the address on page 3 Pavement’s agony aunt perately for positive associations from childhood Christmases, or “Dear Agnes, we could try to convince ourselves “Christmas was always a time of and others that we don’t care. great conflict in my family. Dad The old “Christmas is just another was an alcoholic, and things always day” line is over-familiar, sadly, got out of control on Christmas and often gives away more than Day. There were lots of tears, it conceals. On the other hand, mostly from Mum, and as the only festive conversation is unlikely to child, I couldn’t get out of the flow if you confess casually to your house enough… or fast enough. thoroughly conventional sister-in- 26 / The Pavement, December 2009 Hackney Town Hall (car park) E8; Allowance or Incapacity Benefit WEBSITES Thur: Islington Town Hall, Upper 0845 377 6001 Street, N1; Fri: Walthamstow For Social Fund enquiries Everyone’s home Town Square, High Street, E17 0845 608 8661 An ‘e-shelter’, with a large directory On a first-come-first-served basis. For the Pensions Service of services, particularly for London. Some cases December need to be 0845 60 60 265 www.everyoneshome.org.uk referred to the Victoria hospital. Hospitals London Street Rescue Homeless London Directory (RIS) Blue Cross Victoria, 1 – 5 0870 383 3333 Updated at least annually Hugh Street, SW1V 1QQ Rough sleeper’s hot-line www.homelesslondon.org 020 7932 2370 Blue Cross Hammersmith, Argyle Message Home Helpline Mental Fight Club Place, King Street,W6 0RQ 0800 700 740, 24 hrs daily A creative/arts site for those 020 8748 1400 with mental illness. Blue Cross Merton, 88 – 92 uk.geocities.com/gabriele- Merton High Street, SW19 1BD National Debtline 0808 808 4000 email@example.com/ 020 8254 1400 Open Door Gay Men’s Housing The Pavement online Maytree Respite Centre 0208 743 2165 Regularly updated online version 72 Moray Road, N4 3LG of The List, which will soon be in 020 7263 7070 Poppy several translations to download. One-off four night stay for 020 7840 7141 www.thepavement.org.uk/ those in suicidal crisis Helps women who have been services.htm MH trafficked for sexual exploitation Proud to be mad Quaker Mobile Library Runaway Helpline A campaigning site for those Every second Mon at either: 0808 800 7070 with mental illness 10.45am Webber Street or 1045am www.proudtobemad.co.uk Deptford Churches Centre. This For under-18s who have left home means that each Webber Street The Samaritans Soup Run Forum and Deptford each receive one 08457 90 9090 For those using or running visit per month; every second soup runs, or just concerned Mon, 1130am at Manna Centre, with their work. Comments and Bermondsey (every fortnight); Every SANEline 6 – 11pm details on future meetings. other Tue: 7pm, Lincoln’s Inn Fields; www.souprunforum.org.uk Sat: 9.45am, The Connection at 0845 767 8000 St Martins; 11am, The Passage Out-of-hours helpline for those affected by mental health Stonewall Housing Addresses the housing needs of les- TELEPHONE SERVICES bians and gay men. Provides tempo- Shelter rary, supported housing for 16 – 25 Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 800 4444 years old lesbians and gay men. 0808 2000 247 Housing info and advice www.stonewallhousing.org 8am–8pm daily Eaves Streetmate 020 7735 2062 Stonewall Housing advice line An independent site with sub- Helps victims of traffick- Advice for Lesbian and Gay men stantial information on housing, ing for prostitution 020 7359 5767 working and learning, built for Frank (Mon, Thu, Fri 10am –1pm; those homeless who use the 0800 776 600 Tue & Wed 2 – 5pm) internet and want to do-it-them- Free 24-hr drug helpline Survivors UK selves as much as possible. Mon, Tue & Thur: 7-10pm www.streetmate.org 020 7404 6234 Get Connected Helpline for men who have 0808 808 4994 been sexually assualted at Free advice for young people any time in their lives (1pm–7pm daily) Jobcentre Plus UK Human Trafficking Centre To make a claim 0114 252 3891 0800 055 6688 For queries about existing claims for Income Support, Jobseekers The Pavement, December 2009 / 27 St John’s Ealing vulnerable women. Resi- Mattock Lane, West Ealing dential centres will be by W13 9LA referral only for those 020 8566 3507 registered on CHAIN Sat & Sun: 3.30–5pm The day centres are: Also: Advice service Thur Finsbury Park Day Centre, & Fri 10am-4pm – Ealing Islington Arts and Media Churches workers School, Turle Road, N4 3LS Stratford Day Centre, Newham St John the Evangelist College, Stratford Campus, 39 Duncan Terrace, N1 8AL Welfare Road, E15 4HT 020 7226 3277 Bermondsey Day Centre, Tues–Sat: 12.30pm–1.30pm City of London Academy, Lynton Road, SE1 5LA Streetlytes Hammersmith Day Centre, Ham- A new service, operating on every mersmith and West London College other Saturday, 7.30pm behind Hammersmith Campus, the House of Frazier, Victoria Gliddon Road, W14 9BL Hot tea/coffee, sandwiches, fruit, Deptford Reach Day Centre, yogurt, pasta, blankets and clothing Speedwell Street, SE8 4AT to the vulnerable and homeless. See posters nearer date for details “I can’t let you worship the www.streetlytes.org newborn king until you’ve Croydon Churches Floating been security-vetted” SW London Vineyard – The King’s Shelter Table Various Churches Sun 2.30pm–4.30pm beneath 07860 270 278 Waterloo Bridge (Embankment). Mobile switched off if no vacancies SE1 3QP Superb hot stews and potatoes. 01 Nov–31 Mar 10; 7.30pm–8am. Further info 07806878851 Last admission 9pm or 020 7407 2014 Age 18+ mixed; Beds for 14 www.robes.org.uk SEASONAL SHELTERS Local referral only, dry www.croydonchurch.org.uk 999 Club (Lambeth & Lewisham) West London Churches Winter 21 Deptford Broadway, SE8 4PA Shelter Hackney Winter Night Shelter Jan–Mar 10; Beds for 15 Various Venues Various Churches people; Referral only, from 0207 351 4948 Booking essential – 07549 043 728 999 Club (during day); Dry 09 Nov–28 Mar 10 8pm–7am: – you will not be charged for this call last admission 8pm 01 Jan–31 Mar 10; 8pm–8am Caris Islington Churches Cold 18+ mixed; Beds for 35 (separate (7pm on Sundays) Weather Shelters area for women); self-refer- Age 18+ mixed; beds for 25 Various Churches rals on a first come first served (screened area for women) 07960 491151 basis, must phone first; dry Last admission 8.30pm 01 Jan–31 Mar 10; 7.30pm– Agency or self- referrals: dry 8.30am. Arrive before 8.30pm www.hwns.org.uk SPECIALIST SERVICES Age 18+ mixed; Beds for 15 (separate area for women); Self- or Quaker Christmas Shelter ASHA Project agency referrals; phone ahead Union Chapel, Compton 13 Shrubbery Road, SW16 2AS Avenue, N1 2XD 020 8696 0023 Community of Camden Churches 23–30 Dec (not 24 hours): 7–10am Mon–Fri: 9am–5pm Cold Weather Shelter (C4WS) (breakfast for up to 75); opening For asian women fleeing Various Churches again at 4pm (supper for up to 75 domestic violence 01–23 Dec; 31 Dec–31 Mar 10 at 6pm). Closes at 11pm except for AD Referral only; go to www. those referred to one of the 24 beds coldweathershelter.org (self-referrals are possible); Dry Blue Cross Veterinary Services 07715507970 Offered to pet owners on a low firstname.lastname@example.org Robes Project (Southwark & income. This is usually a means Lambeth) tested benefit or state pension Crisis Christmas Various Venues with no other means of income: 23–30 Dec 08 Nov –31 Mar 10 Blue Cross Mobile Veterinary Clinic Priority is given for rough Age 18+ mixed; Beds for 13 All run 10am – 12pm & 1.30pm sleepers; those with proven By referral only from Manna –3.30pm, at these locations – Mon: dependencies and Centre, 6 Melior Street, Bethnal Green Road E2; Wed: 28 / The Pavement, December 2009 Faith House (Salvation Army) The London Run Rice Run 11 Argyle Street, King’s Cross Mondays (including bank holidays). The Strand, Westminster (near Burger King), WC1H 8EJ Van with tea/coffee, sandwiches, Fri : 9–10pm 020 7837 5149 eggs, biscuits, soft drinks, clothes, Rice and Chicken, or savoury rice Mon: 6–8pm (men’s group); and toiletries: 8.45–9.30am; The Tues: 5–6pm (women’s drop-in); Strand, opposite Charing Cross The Sacred Heart Weds: 1–3pm (women’s drop- police station: 9.30pm–10.15pm; This run from Wimbledon has in), 7.30–9pm (open drop-in); Temple: 10.15pm–11.00pm; several teams coming up once a Fri: 11am–1pm (women’s Waterloo (St John’s Church). month to the Piazza of Westmin- brunch & discussion group) ster Cathedral. Sandwiches and FF, CL Memorial Baptist Church Plaistow hot beverages around 9.30pm 389 –395 Barking Road, E13 8AL every Tuesday and Friday. Hare Krishna Food for Life 020 7476 4133 The Hare Krishna food run provides Sat: 8am–12pm Sai Baba wholesome and tasty vegetarian Full English breakfast Third Sunday of the Month: 93 meals from Soho and King’s Cross Guildford Street, WC1 (Coram’s Temples. The former can be found Muswell Hill Churches Soup Fields); 11am–1pm. Vegetarian at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Mon–Thurs; Kitchen meal and tea. Another branch 7:15pm, finishing at Temple if 2 Dukes Ave, N10 2PT of this sect also have a service at there’s food left. The latter from 020 8444 7027 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Wednesday, Monday to Friday, all year round: Sun–Thurs; 7.45–8.45pm around 8pm– a great curry! Kentish Town (Islip Road); 12pm: Camden (Arlington Road); 1pm: Samaritan Network New Life Assembly King’s Cross (York Way) 2.15pm. Every Sunday, 6–8pm, at the A run in Hendon, that comes into the West End once a month. corner of Temple Station. Harlow Chocolate Run www.smouk.org Renamed London City Aid. Nightwatch At the fountain in the Queens Silver Lady Fund (The Pie Man) House of Bread – The Vision Gardens, central Croydon Piping hot pasties, pies and Second and fourth Sunday in the Every night from 9.30pm sausage rolls from the van down month (6.45am onwards) – Hot Sandwiches and hot drinks behind the Festival Hall or on food; note that an excellent full Southwark Bridge Road – from cooked breakfast is served on the Open Door Meal 5am (it’s white with ‘Silver Lady fourth Sunday. On the Strand St James the Less parish centre, Fund’ written on the side). (Charing Cross end, outside Coutt’s). Vauxhall Bridge Road, behind the Lord High Admiral public house. Simon Community Imperial College An established service, providing a Tea Run: Sun & Mon (6–9.30am): Serving sandwiches and hot two-course hot meal served at table. St Pancras Church 6.30am; Milford beverages on Sunday evenings Alternate Thursdays during Lane 6.45am; Strand 7am; South- (8–9.30pm) at Lincoln’s Inn Fields. term-time; 7-9.30 pm. ampton Road 7.30am; Army and B, CL, FF Navy 8am; Grosvenor Gardens Kings Cross Baptist Church 8.30am; Marble Arch (Sunday) 9am; Vernon Sq, W1 Our Lady of Hal Waterloo Bridge (Sunday) 9.30am 020 7837 7182 165 Arlington Rd, NW1 Soup Run: Wed & Thurs (8pm– Mon: 11am–2pm 020 7485 2727 10.30pm): St Pancras Church FF, LF Tues, Weds, Fri & Sat: 8.15pm; Hinde Street 8.45pm; 12.45pm–2pm Maltravers Street 9.15pm; Waterloo Lincoln’s Inn Fields 9.45pm; Army and Navy 10.15pm Mon–Fri: 7.15pm; Many vans with Street Café: St Mary-Le-Strand Peter’s Community Café (Strand) – Mon (5pm–7pm) & Wed food and occasionally clothing. The Crypt, St. Peter’s Church, Sat –Sun: 6.15pm onwards. (10am–12.00pm), and St Giles- De Beauvoir Road, N1 in-the-Fields, St Giles High Street, 020 7249 0041 WC2 (next to Denmark Street) – Sat London City Aid Mon–Wed: 12noon–6.30pm (2 – 4pm) & Sun (1.15–3.15pm) This run is from Harlow, and P serves hot chocolate! Coming Rhythms of Life International out on the Second Tuesday of 23 Crossway, N16 8LA the month. Behind the Army and St Andrew’s Church 020 7254 9534 10 St Andrew’s Road Navy in Victoria: 8.30–10.30pm. Daily, 5–6.30pm, all year ‘round Fulham, W14 9SX Tea/coffee, soup and a warm meal Sat: 11.30am-1.30pm Hot food and sandwiches The Pavement, December 2009 / 29 ISIS North drug service, The Choir With No Name SOUP KITCHENS & SOUP RUNS 99 Seven Sisters Road, N7 7QP Every Monday, 7pm, Sun 13 Dec: 1–3pm; Union at various venues All Saints Church Chapel, Compton Terrace, A choir for homeless and ex- Carnegie St, N1 Upper Street, N1 2XD homeless, with or without 020 7837 0720 Tue 15 Dec: 10am–4pm; Enfield singing experience. Tues & Thurs: 10am–12noon Substance Misuse Services, 2nd www.choirwithnoname.org Cooked breakfast Floor, Forest Primary Care Centre, FF 308A Hertford Road, N9 7HD Crisis Skylight Thu 17 Dec: 10am–4pm; DASH 66 Commercial St, E1 American Church [Prescribing Service], St Annes 020 7426 5661 (Entrance in Whitfield St) Hospital, St Anns Road, N15 3TH Mon–Thurs: 2pm–9.30pm 79a Tottenham Court Rd, W1T Fri18 Dec: 10am–4pm; AC, ET, IT, MC, P, PA 020 7580 2791 Haringey Drug Services, 9 Workshop programme from Mon–Sat (except Wed): Bruce Grove, N17 6RA www.crisis.org.uk 10am–12noon Mon 21 Dec: 9.30am–2pm; AC, CL, FF, P Homeless Action in Barnet, 36B SMart Woodhouse Road, N12 0RG Art workshops and lec- ASLAN tures at various venues Hot food and sandwiches for Vision Care Opticians 020 7209 0029 early risers. Sat 5.30am–8.30am 07792 960416 Email: email@example.com – Covent Garden, Milford Lane, Mon & Thurs:: 2 – 7.30pm Streetwise Opera Surrey Street, Strand and Waterloo. at Crisis Skylight; Wed: 9am 020 7495 3133 – 5pm at The Passage MC, PA Free sight tests and spectacles Bloomsbury Central Baptist Workshop programme from Church www.streetwiseopera.org 235 Shaftesbury Ave, WC2 8EP PERFORMING ARTS 020 7240 0544 Vision Impossible Sunday: Roast lunch 1pm Cardboard Citizens An arts project (Thames Reach), 10.30am for ticket (very limited) 020 7247 7747 based at Crisis Skylight, Mon-Wed Variety of performing arts work- 9.30am – 1.00pm, by referral only The Cabin shops held at Crisis Skylight as www.thamesreach.org.uk Near top of Holloway Road, well as hostels around London. right at The shoe shop ET, LA, MC, PA Sandwich van every day; www.cardboardcitizens.org.uk 10.30–11.45am Camden Road Baptist Church Hilldrop Road, Holloway, N7 0JE 020 7607 7355 Thu: 10.30am–12noon FF The Carpenters TMO Community Hall, 17 Doran Walk, Stratford, E15 2JL 020 8221 3860 Every Tuesday; 10am–12pm Ealing Soup Kitchen St Johns Church Hall, Mattock Lane Friday: 11am-4pm; Sat and Sun: 3.30-5pm They also give practical help/ housing advice Emmanuel Church Forest Gate, E7 8BD (corner of Romford Rd & Upton Lane) Thurs: 7.30am (cooked breakfast) “Y’kiddin’ me – batteries included?” 30 / The Pavement, December 2009 art, IT, guitar, Spanish, cooking Shelter; Guy’s Hospital Oncol- Mon, Wed & Fri afternoons C, ET, MC ogy Ward; Spectrum; Webber – appointments only Street/Waterloo Christian Centre; OSW (London Bridge) HAGA; Compass Day Centre. King’s Cross Primary Care Centre 4th Floor, The Pavilion Tuesday – St Thomas’ Hospi- 264 Pentonville Rd, N1 1 Newhams Row, SE1 3UZ tal, In Patients; Westminster 020 7530 3444 020 7089 2722 Rolling Shelter; The Connection Mon: 6.30 – 9.30pm; Tue: 2 CA, ET, IT at St Martin’s; Conway House – 4pm; Fri: 1.30 – 3.30pm (hostel); Anchor House (hostel); BA, BS, CL, DT, FC, H, Turnaround Resource E1 The Passage; Downview Prison; MH, MS, NE, P, SH Montefiore Centre, Hanbury Look Ahead Day Centre. Street, London, E1 5HZ Wednesday – The Passage; Great Primary Care for Homeless People 020 7247 9005 Chapel Street Medical Centre; St Spectrum Centre, 6 Green- www.turnarounde1.org.uk Thomas’ Hospital, Lloyd Still ward; land Street, NW1 CA, ET, IT Cricklewood Homeless Concern; 0207 267 2100 Parker Street (hostel); Crisis Skylight; Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri: 9.30am ENTERTAINMENT & SOCIAL Endsleigh Gardens (hostel); Dellow – 12 noon; Wed: 1.30 –3.30pm Centre (hostel); Brixton Prison. BA, BS, CL, D, FC, H, MS, NE, P, SH EVENTS Thursday – Broadway Day Centre; Manna Centre; Great Chapel St Project London (Médecins du ASLAN Medical Centre; West London All Souls Church – Clubhouse Monde) Day Centre; The Connection at Cleveland St Pott St, Bethnal Green, E2 0EF St Martin’s; Rochester Row Day 020 7580 3522 Mon, Wed &:Fri 1pm–5pm Centre; Whitechapel Mission; Sat eve: by invitation 07974 616 852 & 020 8123 6614 Deptford Churches Centre; MS, SH Probation Service; Wandsworth Open Film Club Operating at 999 Club, Deptford, prison; Focus Day Centre. www.openhousefilmclub.org Wed: 2 – 4pm; & Providence Row, Friday – The Passage; Victoria, Fri: 9.30 – 11.30am Cricklewood Homeless Concern; EX-FORCES MS, SH Endsleigh Gardens (hostel); The Connection at St Martin’s; AWOL? Call the ‘reclaim your life’ Cedars Road (hostel); St Giles Day TB screening van – MXU scheme from SSAFA Centre; Cardinal Hume Centre Information given as date, 01380 738137 (9am–10am) (drop in); Waterloo Jobshop; time, location and post code. Romford YMCA (hostel). Turn up at these locations: All week – Brixton Prison; Mon 07 Dec: 9–11am; St Royal British Legion Wandsworth prison. Mungos (Margery Street 08457 725 725 See Telephone Services Shelter), William Martin Court, Ring the Legionline to see how they for helplines 65 Margery Street, WC1X 0JH can help ex-servicemen and women nb. MXU to park around corner on Wilmington Street: 12noon–3pm; Veterans Aid MEDICAL SERVICES Whitaker Centre (Equinox), 40 Buckingham Palace Rd, Victoria 91 Tollington Way, N7 6RE 020 7828 2468 Great Chapel Street Medical Tue 08 Dec: 2–6pm; IDASS A, AS, BA, D,CL,SS Centre, 13 Great Chapel St, W1 [formerly NIDS] (tbc), 592 020 7437 9360 Holloway Rd, N7 6LB Veterans UK Mon, Tues & Thurs: 11am– nb. MXU to park round corner 0800 169 2277 12.30pm; Mon–Fri: 2pm–4pm on Tollington Way: 7–8.30pm; Free help and advice for vet- A, BA, C, D, DT, FC, H, MH, MS, P, SH The Manna Project, St Stephen’s erans and access to dedicated Church, River Place, 17 Can- one-to-one welfare service. Dr Hickey’s – Cardinal Hume nonbury Rd, N1 2DF www.veterans-uk.info Arneway St, SW1 Wed 09 Dec: 11am–3pm; 020 7222 8593 Milton Dovetail [Milton Com- JOBCENTRE PLUS Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri: munity Programmes] (tbc), 28b 10am–12.30pm & 2pm–4pm King Henry’s Walk, N1 4PB To get benefit advice use local Job Wed: 10am–12.30pm Thu 10 Dec: 8.30am–12.30pm; Centres or visit a day centre that A, BA, C, D, DT, H, MH, MS, P, SH Bethany House Hostel (ICH), hosts JCP outreach staff. These are 13 Lloyd Square, WC1X 9AR: listed below by day, but contact Health E1 1.30–3pm; City Roads, 352- individual centres for times: 9–11 Brick Lane, E1 358 City Road, EC1V 12PY Mondays – The Passage; The 020 7247 0090 Fri 11Dec: 9.30–12.30pm; Connections at St Martins; Holy- Mon–Thurs: 9.15am–11.30am Spectrum Centre, 6-8 Greenland cross Centre; Rushworth Rolling Friday: 10.30am–12.30pm; Street, NW1 0NO: 1.30–4pm; The Pavement, December 2009 / 31 St. Mungo’s (Ennersdale House) 020 8749 6799 184 Camden 1a Arlington Close, Lewi- Mon–Fri: 10am–5pm (needle 184 Royal College Road, NW1 9NN sham SE13 6JQ exchange and telephone 020 7485 2722 020 8318 5521 (ring first) service); Mon & Fri: 2pm–5pm Mon: 9.30am-3pm; Tue- Medium-support needs & Wed: 3pm–6pm (drop-in) Wed: 9.30am-5.30pm; C, D, OL, NE Thu-Fri: 9.30am-9pm Women AS, AD, BA, C, D, H, OB Church Army East London Drug and Alcohol 1–5 Cosway St, West- Support Services EASTERN EUROPEANS minster NW1 5NR Capital House, 134–138 Romford 020 7262 3818 Road, Stratford, E15 4LD Ania’s Recruitment Agency Ring first. Daily vacancies 020 8257 3068 31 Fallsbrook Rd, SW16 6DU Drug and Alcohol Service for 020 8769 0509 Home of Peace London (DASL) provides free and 179 Bravington Rd, W9 3AR confidential services to anyone who East European Advice Centre 020 8969 2631 has concerns about their own or Palingswick House, 241 Women only. Open access (dry) another person’s drug or alcohol King Street, W6 9LP use, working with people from 020 8741 1288 St Mungo’s Newham, Tower Hamlets, Red- Open weekdays 10am–12pm & 2– 2–5 Birkenhead St, WC1H bridge and Bexley and Greenwich. 3pm, for appointments; closed Wed 020 7278 6466 A special Eastern European service Ring for appointment is listed in Eastern European section A, C, D Eastern European Drug and Young people (16–21) Centrepoint Alcohol Support The Hungerford Drug Project Emmanuel’s Church, 25 Berwick St, West- (Turning Point) minster W1F 8RF Forest Gate, E7 8BD 32a Wardour St, W1D 6QR 020 8257 3068 020 7287 9134/5 020 7437 3523 Ring first. Daily vacancies Support for drug and alcohol Mon–Fri: 12noon–5pm, except Wed treatment, advice, contact with 2–5pm (drop-in); Sat & Sun: 1–5pm; other agencies;Thur: 5–7pm MASH Antidote (lesbian, gay, bisexual and Part of DASL in Drug & 8 Wilton Rd, Merton, SW19 2HB transgender drug/alcohol service) Alcohol Services 020 8543 3677 drop-in Thursday: 6– 8.30pm Ring first C, D, FF, IT, LA, MH UR4JOBS Upper Room, St Saviour Church, DRUG / ALCOHOL SERVICES Needle Exchange Van Cobbold Road,W12 9LN White van under Centrepoint 020 8740 5688 Addaction (Harm Reduction Tower, Tottenham Court Road Mon & Fri: 1–6pm; Tue, Wed Team) Mon–Fri: 4 - 7pm & Thurs: 5.30 – 6.45pm (hot 228 Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 supper); Sat & Sun: 12.30 020 8880 7780 Soho Rapid Access Clinic – 1.45pm (hot lunch) Drop-in: Mon, Fri 10am–4pm; Soho Centre for Health and Care Help in finding work and education Tues, Wed & Thurs 12noon–6pm; 1 Frith Street Now available online @ Closed each day 1.30pm–2.15pm London www.ur4jobs.co.uk D, OL, MS, NE, SH W1D 3HZ ET, FF 020 7534 6687 Blackfriars Road CDAT Team D EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING 151 Blackfriars Rd, SE1 8EL 020 7620 1888/ 6500 Wandsworth Drug Project Dress for Success (Women) Mon: 2pm–4pm (drop-in) 86 Garratt Lane, SW18 4DB Unit 2, Shepperton Hse MH, MS, NE 020 8875 4400 89–93 Shepperton Rd, N1 3DF Mon–Fri: 1–5pm; Sat: 1-4pm 020 7288 1770 Central and NW London AS, A, AD, AC, CA, C, D, H, NE, OB, SH www.dressforsuccess.org Substance Misuse Service Smart clothing for job interviews,CL 282 North End Rd, SW6 1NH Westminster Drug Project 020 7381 7700 470-474 Harrow road, W9 3RU New Hanbury Project (SCT) Mon–Fri: 9am–5pm. C, MS 020 7266 6200 3 Calvert Avenue, E2 7JP Mon–Fri: 10am – 12.30pm 020 7613 5636 Druglink (appoinments and needle- Mon-Thur: 9.30am-4.15pm 103a Devonport Rd, Shep- exchange); 1–5pm (open access) Courses in: personal develop- herds Bush, W12 8PB AD, C, D, H, NE, OB, SH ment, life skills, woodwork, DIY, 32 / The Pavement, December 2009 Wed 1¬–3pm (drop-in with Triumphant Church International Whitechapel Mission lunch); Thurs 10am–3pm; Fri 136 West Green Rd 212 Whitechapel Rd, E1 1–2.30pm (lunch and bible study) South Tottenham, N15 5AD 020 7247 8280 AC 020 8800 6001 Daily: 6–11am (cooked break- Sun: 10–11am (open drop-in) fast 8am–10am); Sat: 12noon- Spectrum Centre AD, C, FF 2.30pm (women only) 6 Greenland St, Camden AS, AD, B, BA, BS, BE, CL, C, Town, NW1 Union Chapel (Margins) DA, D, F, H, IT, OL, SK, P, TS 020 7267 4937 Compton Terrace, Upper Street, N1 Mon–Fri: 9.30am–3pm 020 7359 4019 The 999 Club A, BS, C, CL, D, FC, H, L, Sun: 3pm–5pm 21 Deptford Broadway, SE8 4PA LS, MH, MS, P, TS BS, CL, FF, HA, L, LA, LF 020 8691 7734 Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm Spires Centre Upper Holloway Baptist Church AS, AD, A, B, BE, CL, C, DA, D, FF, 8 Tooting Bec Gardens, SW16 1RB 11 Tollington Way, N7 F, H, L, LA, MS, MH, OB, SH, TS 020 8696 0943 020 7272 2104 Mon: 8am–12noon (women Mon: 10am–1pm DIRECT ACCESS (YEAR ROUND) only);Tues : 9–10.30am (rough CL, FF, LF HOSTELS/ NIGHTSHELTERS sleepers only), 10.30am–2pm (drop-in); Wed: 10am–12noon Upper Room, St Saviour’s All – low-support needs (rough sleepers only); Thu: Cobbold Rd, W12 9–11am (rough sleepers only); 020 8740 5688 Fri: 9–10.30am (rough sleepers Branches Mon: 1-6pm (UR4Jobs); Tue–Thur: 740 Forest Road, Waltham- only); 10am–1pm (women only) 5.30–6.45pm; Fri: 1-6pm (UR4Jobs); Education sessions throughout stow, E17 3HR Sat–Sun: 12.30 –1.30pm 020 8521 7773 the week by appointment A, AC, BA, C, CA, CL, D, A, BA, CL, D, ET, FF, FC, Their address from mid- ET, IT, FF, H, OL December will be Stonelea, H, MC, MH, MS, P Langthorne Road, E11 2HJ Webber Street (formerly Waterloo St Christopher’s Centre Christian Centre) Livingstone House Lime Grove Resource Centre, 6–8 Webber St, SE1 8QA 105 Melville Rd, Brent NW10 8BU 47 Lime Grove, W12 020 7928 1677 020 8963 0545 Please call for opening Mon–Sat: 9am–12noon Ring first. Local connection only times: 020 8740 9182 AS, B, BA, BS, BE, CL, FF, AC, BS, CA, ET, FC, IT, L, MS LA, MH, MS, OL Maytree Respite Centre St Cuthbert’s Centre See Specialist Services The Welcome Project The Philbeach Hall 11 Green Lane, Essex, IG1 1XG 51 Philbeach Gdns, Earls Court Redbridge Night Shelter 020 8220 4111 020 7835 1389 16 York Rd, Ilford Tue & Thur: 12.30–3pm; Mon–Fri: 11.45am–3.45pm IG1 3AD Wed & Fri: 10.30am-3pm AC, BS, C, CL, F, H, IT, L, OL 020 8514 8958 AS, BA, BS, CL, FF, H, L Ring first St Stephen’s Church West London Day Centre 17 Canonbury Rd, N1 2DF 134–136 Seymour Place, W1H Turnaround (Newham) 020 7226 5369 020 7569 5900 Choral Hall Tues: 7–9pm (drop-in); Weds: Mon–Fri: 8.45–10am (rough sleep- 020 7511 8377 1–3pm (drop-in – B and FC); Fri: er’s drop-in): 10am–11.30am (drop- 7.30pm–7.30am 10am–12noon (key work session) in, hostel residents join): 11.45am– B, BS, CL, FC, FF, L 12.45pm (advice, appointments Waltham Forest Churches Night only); Mon & Thur: 1.30–3.30pm Shelter The Tab Centre (drop-in for those with tenancies) See Branches 20 Hackney Rd, Shoreditch, E2 AC, BA, BS, C, CL, F, FC, IT, 020 7739 3076 L, LS, MS, OL, P, SK, TS Men Friday: 9am–12.noon, F Missionaries of Charity The Whitaker Centre 112–116 St Georges Rd, Thames Reach 91–93 Tollington Way, N7 6RE Southwark, SE1 See Hackney 180 First 020 7263 4140 020 7401 8378 Contact & Advice Mon–Fri: 11am–5pm Ring first, 9am–11am except Thurs Alcohol allowed Age 30+ (low support) BS, FF, L The Pavement, December 2009 / 33 Crisis Skylight Homeless Action in Barnet (HAB) Providence Row See Performing Arts 36B Woodhouse Road, N12 0RG The Dellow Centre 020 8446 8400 82 Wentworth St, Deptford Churches Centre Mon – Fri: 12noon – 3pm (drop in); Aldgate, E1 7SA Speedwell St, Deptford Mon, Tues & Thur: 9am – 12noon 020 7375 0020 020 8692 6548 (rough sleepers only); Wed: 9am Mon–Fri: 9.30am–12noon (8.30am Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri: – 12noon (women’s group) for verified rough sleepers) & 1.30– 9am–3.30 pm AD, BA, BS, CL, F, H, L, TS 3.30pm (appointments & activities) A, AC, AD, AS, B, BA, BE, BS, C, A, AC, BA, BS, C, D, ET, FF, H, IT, CA, CL, D, DA, DT, ET, FF, H, L, London Jesus Centre L, LA, LS, MH, NE,OL, SK,SH, P LA, LF, MC, MH, MS, OL, SS, TS 83 Margaret St, W1W 8TB 0845 8333005 Rochester Row Day Centre The Dunloe Centre Mon – Fri: 10am – 12.30pm 97 Rochester Row, SW1 St Saviour’s Priory, Dunloe Street, E2 BS, CL, F, IT, L, SK 020 7233 9862 020 7739 9976/020 7613 3232 Mon–Fri: 3–3.30pm & 7.30–8pm Tues: 10.30am–12.30pm Manna Day Centre (post and enquiries); Mon, chap- CL, FF 6 Melior St, SE1 lain’s group (all welcome): 4–5pm; 020 7403 1931 English language class: 6.30–8pm; Earls Court Community Project Every day: 8.30am–1.30pm 7.30–7.45pm (food and drink); Tue, (ECCP) AS, BA, BS, BE, CL, DT, FF, 1–1.15pm & 7.30–7.45pm (food St. Judes Church, 24 Colling- FC, H, MH, MS, OL, TS and drink); English language class: ham Road, London, SW5 0LX 6–8pm; Wed, 1–1.15pm (food 020 7370 4424 New Cross 999 Club and drink); 5.30–8pm (drop in, but Mon & Wed: 2 – 4pm All Saints, Monson Rd, SE14 collect ticket at 4pm – food, showers CL, FF 020 7732 0209 and clothing); Thur, 1–1.15pm (food Mon–Fri: 10am–5pm and drink); JobCentrePlus (appoint- AD, ET, FF, L, LA ments): 2–6pm; 5.30–8pm (drop Finsbury Park in, but collect ticket at 4pm – food, Street Drinkers Initiative showers and clothing); Fri: 1– See Whitaker Centre New Horizon Youth Centre (16 – 21 year olds) 1.15pm (food and drink); chaplain’s 68 Chalton Street, NW1 1JR group (all welcome): 3–4pm; film Hackney 180 First Contact & • Due to reopen in January 2010 night (register early in the week): 5– Advice (Thames Reach) 8pm; 7.30–7.45pm (food and drink). Hackney Methodist Church AC, BA, BS, CL, ET, FF, P North London Action for the 219 Mare St, E5 0208 985 6707 Homeless (NLAH) SanKTus Mon–Thurs: 8am–9.30am St Paul’s Church Hall, Stoke 4 Lady Margaret Road, NW5 2XT (breakfast club) Newington Rd, N16 7UE Entrance in Falkland Road (Entrance on Evering Road) 020 7485 9160 020 8802 1600 Hanbury Community Project (SCT) Mon – Sat; 2 – 3pm: Sun; 3 – 4pm Mon: 12noon-1.30pm; Details of their changes have been BS, CL, FF, H and Wed: 7-830pm confirmed, and they’re now called BA, BS, CL, FF the New Hanbury Project, and listed Shoreditch Community Project under Employment & Training (SCT) St Leonard’s Church Our Lady Help of Christians Shoreditch High St, E1 The Haven Club Catholic Church 020 7613 3232 At the Holy Cross Centre see SanKTus Mon & Wed; 9.30am– (See below). 12.30pm; Tues: 2–4pm Mon: 6pm–10pm The Passage (25+) FF, BA, OL, P For self-treating drug & alcohol St Vincent’s Centre, users: no using on day or no entry Carlisle Place, SW1P Simon Community 020 7592 1850 129 Malden Rd, Kentish Holy Cross Centre Mon–Fri: 8am–12pm (for rough Town, NW5 4HS The Crypt, Holy Cross Church sleepers); 12–2pm (Lunch); 020 7485 6639 Cromer St, WC1 2–6pm (appointments); 4.30–6pm Mon: 11am–3.30pm; Wed: 020 7278 8687 (verified rough sleepers – by invita- 11am–5pm;Thursday: 11am–6pm Mon: 2pm–5pm; Tues: 6–9pm; tion); Sat–Sun: 9am–12noon. AS, B, BA, BS, BE, CL, C, (ticket required) Thurs: 5–8pm A, BA, CA, CL, D, ET, F, FC, FF, H, IT, L, LS, OB, P (Italian speakers session); Fri: H, IT, L, MH, MS, P, TS 12 noon–3pm (refugees and Southwark Salvation Army asylum seekers session). 1 Princess Street, SE1 6HH AC, FF, H, IT, LA, LF, MH, P 020 7928 7136 34 / The Pavement, December 2009 London Irish Centre 50–52 Camden Sq, NW1 9XB 020 7916 2222 Ring for service times A, BA, C, CL, D, ET, H, MC No 10 – Care Advice Service 10 Princess St Oxford Circus, W1C 2DJ 020 7629 5424 Wed: 6.30pm–8pm (drop in – 18+) BA, C, CA, ET, H Notre Dame Refugee Centre 5 Leceister Pl, WC2H 7BX 020 7434 1619 Mon and Thurs: 11am–4pm (drop-in) Service for French-speak- ing refugees and asylum seekers BA, C, CA, FF, H ScotsCare & Borderline (for Scots in London) 37 King St, Covent Acton Homeless Concern (advice); 12pm–3.30pm (drop-in); Garden, WC2E 8JS Emmaus House 12 noon–1pm (sandwiches). Call the helpline on 0800 6522 989 1 Berrymead Gardens, Acton AC, BA, BS, CA, CL, C, ET, FF, BA, CA, H, B, P, TS 020 8992 5768 H, IT, L, LA, LF, MC, P Borderline (for Scots): Call for opening times Women only Mon– Fri: 09.30am–12.30pm A, B, BA, CL, D, DT, ET, F, FC (appointments); Mon, Tue, The Connection at St Martin’s Thu, Fri: 2–4pm (walk in) Aldgate Advice Centre 12 Adelaide St, WC2 0800 174 047 (Freephone) See Providence Row (The 020 7766 5544 firstname.lastname@example.org Dellow Centre) Mon–Fri: 9am–12.30pm (12pm A, BA, C, CL, D, H, MH, P Wed). Various afternoon sessions Broadway Day Centre from 1pm (except Wed). Weekends: St Giles Trust Market Lane, Shepherds Bush, W12 9am–1pm (no entry after 10.30am). 64 Camberwell Church St, SE5 8JB 020 8735 5810 There are also drop-in sessions on 020 7703 7000 Mon–Fri: 10am – 1pm (drop- Tues & Thurs 4.30pm–7.30pm. Mon–Fri: 9.30am–12.30pm in); 2 – 4pm (Appointments) A, AC, BA, BS, CA, CL, D, ET, F, FC, A, BA, BS, D, ET, H, L, MH, MS, P, TS AD, A, BA, BS, CL, DA, D, ET, F, FC, H, H, IT, MC, MH, MS, OB, P, SK, SS IT, L, LA, MS, MH, ML, P, SK, SH, TS Women’s Link Croydon Resource Centre 26 Hanbury St, E1 6QR Bromley 999 Club 70a Wellesley Rd, Croydon, CR0 2AR 0800 652 3167 (ring first) 424 Downham Way, 020 8686 1222 AS, H Downham, BR1 5HR Mon–Fri: 10am –3pm 020 8698 9403 AS, BA, CA, CL ET, F, IT, LA BENEFITS AGENCY Mon–Fri: 10am –5pm See Jobcentre Plus AD, L, FF Cricklewood Homeless Concern 60 Ashford ROAD, NW2 6TU DAY CENTRES AND DROP-INS Chelsea Methodist Church 020 8208 8590 155a Kings Road, SW3 5TX email@example.com Ace of Clubs (16+) 020 7352 9305 Homeless drop-in: 28a Fortunegate St Alphonsus Rd, Clapham, SW4 7AS Mon: 9am–3.30pm; Tues & Thurs: Rd, Craven Park, NW10 9RE 020 7622 3196 8.30am–3.30pm (last laundry Tues & Fri: 10am–2.30pm; Mon–Fri: 12noon–5pm; ; at 1pm); Fri: 9.30am–2pm Weds & Thurs: 12.30–2.30pm Sat & Sun: 12noon–2pm F, L, P Mental health drop-in: in flat BS, DT, F, FC, H, IT, L, MS, OB, P above St Gabriel’s Hall Church Army (women) 77 Chichele Rd, Crickle- 1–5 Cosway St, NW1 wood, NW2 3AQ 020 7262 3818 Tues–Fri: 10am–12 noon. Mon–Thurs: 9.30am–12pm AC, BA, BS, H, IT, L, MS, OL The Pavement, December 2009 / 35 The directory of London’s homeless services Updated 1st December 2009 Key to the list: Debt advice – DA Luggage stowage – LS Accom assistance – AS Dentist – DT Medical services – MS Advocacy – AD Drugs workers – D Mental health – MH Alcohol workers – A Education/training – ET Music classes – MC Art classes – AC Free food – FF Needle exchange – NE Barber – B Food – F Outreach worker links – OL Benefits advice – BA Foot care – FC Outreach workers – OB Bathroom/showers – BS Housing/accom advice – H Pavement stockist – P Bedding available – BE Internet access – IT Safe keeping – SK Careers advice – CA Laundry – L Sexual health advice – SH Clothing – CL Leisure activities – LA SSAFA – SS Counselling – C Leisure facilities – LF Tenancy support – TS Email changes and suggestions to: For those aged 16 – 25 years, CHAS (Central London) firstname.lastname@example.org who are homeless or at risk 19–20 Shroton St, NW1 6UG Or write to our address on page 3 of becoming homeless. 020 7723 5928 Updated entries: 12 AS, AD, BA, CA, ET, H, IT, TS By appointment only Services added: 3 BA, DA, H Borderline (for Scots) ADVICE SERVICES See ScotsCare Depaul UK (young people) 291-299 Borough High Street, SE1 Bridge Resource Centre 1JG Advisory Service for Squatters 020 7939 1220 (central office) Bridge Close, Kingsdown Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Close, W10 6TW www.depauluk.org Street, E1 7QX 0208 960 6798 0203 216 0099 (cheaper to call CA, ET, IT, HOPE worldwide / Two Step 0845 644 5814 from land lines 360 City Road, EC1V 2PY outside London) The Caravan Drop-In 020 7713 7655 www.squatter.org.uk St James’s Church, 197 Mon–Fri 10am–4pm Piccadilly, W1 (appointments only) Open daily: Sat – Mon; 10am AS, H, TS, P Alone in London (16–25 years) Unit 6, 48 Provost Street, – 7pm: Tues – Fri; 11am – 7pm London, N1 7SU A friendly ear to listen, with KCAH 020 7278 4224 some access to counselling 36a Fife Rd, KT1 1SU Mon-Fri: 9am – 1pm and 2pm C 020 8255 2439 – 4pm; Note – advice by appoint- BA, FF, H ment only on Tuesday. 36 / The Pavement, December 2009