From the Ground Up

From the Ground Up is a collaboration between Groundswell and The Pavement Magazine. Our volunteer Peer Journalists use their lived experience of homelessness to report on issues that are important to homeless people and explore solutions.

Check out our first feature edition of the Pavement
We report on the issues that matter to people experiencing homelessness and work to identify solutions, led by people who know best – those who have been there themselves. Our Peer Journalists are trained and supported to use their lived experience to work with homeless people. Then take their findings directly to service staff, policy makers and people experiencing homelessness to bring about change. 
We’ve got stories from Jeremy exploring the difficulties getting treatment when you’ve got mental health and addiction issues; Julz looks at how squatters have responded to the ban in residential squatting and Steph finds some lessons to be learnt from the services provided for veterans to prevent homelessness.We lost our friend and colleague Jimmy Carlson’s OBE in January, Mat’s written a tribute to an inspirational life.
You can read our latest feature edition of the Pavement here. 
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Our Podcasts

Check out our latest podcast on  dealing with dual diagnosis here. 
“She just believed in me and it worked.”
“In my early days it had to come from me.”
“Actively get people experiencing these difficulties involved in the decision making process.”

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Our Action Days

Our Action Day’s bring people together to push forward the solutions identified by Peer Journalist. We held our first at the end of January looking at Dual Diagnosis. Read more about our thoughts on the day in our Dual Diagnosis Blog.
“Believe in clients. Stigma is a massive part of active addiction.”
“To stop people getting jaded get professionals to read about success stories.”
“There is hope!”
“Training staff across services. Mental health staff trained in drugs awareness/ harm reduction. And vice versa!”
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