Research and Journalism Project Worker
Mat came to Groundswell in 2018 after several years as a volunteer with the Pavement Magazine. Part of his role with the Pavement was to help deliver ‘From the Ground Up,’ a project that aims to teach peer journalism skills to people with lived experience of homelessness. Co run by the Groundswell and the Pavement, ‘From the Ground Up’ has just run for its third year. He is now Deputy Editor of the Pavement and a Journalism and Research Project Worker at Groundswell. He believes in the power of stories to empower the teller and educate the listener and he’s strongly believes that the Pavement has a critical role in giving the homeless community its identity. He credits the work he has done over the past few years as the biggest single factor in his recovery and believes that people with lived experience are vital to the work of charities such as Groundswell.