The Pavement magazine

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

From the Ground Up was a three year partnership with the Pavement magazine, funded by Comic Relief. The project trained people in journalism so they can report on the issues that most affect the homeless community. Our Peer Journalists were encouraged to use their experience of homelessness to help them gather insights other people from the homeless community and professionals from organisations working with people experiencing homelessness.

The Peer Journalists crafted their research into written articles for publication in the Pavement Magazine in both print and online formats and for Groundswell’s blog. Group discussions and reflections on each theme were recorded for podcasts to capture the depth of the explored issues. Their findings were also taken to service staff and policy makers through action days with the aim of bringing about practical changes to improve the lives of people experiencing homelessness.

Tutor, award winning journalist, Veronique Mistiaen said:

“It’s a win-win project. Society gains a better understanding on important issues around homelessness and peer journalists develop useful research, interviewing and writing skills, and work as part of a team toward a common goal.”

Although this project is over, Groundswell and the Pavement magazine continue to collaborate on publications. The magazines can be viewed and downloaded here. 

Front cover of the Pavement working homeless edition

‘The Working Homeless’ Edition

With the rising number of homeless people in the past decade has come a sharp increase in the proportion of people holding down a job whilst experiencing homelessness. This occurring theme led our Peer Journalists with the desire to look deeper into the realities of working whilst homeless.

Our team interviewed caseworkers working in homelessness support services (many of whom had been homeless themselves) and members of the homeless community who were trying to hold down a job whist sofa surfing, living in hostels or in some cases sleeping rough.

‘Women’s’ Edition

In the third year of the project (2018) one group of the Peer Journalists chose to explore the particular issues that impact women experiencing homelessness. Our team produced a stand out issue to highlight the problems faced by homeless women including sanitary issues, assault and problems with childcare.

You can listen to our peer journalists podcast on women and homelessness below: 

Front cover of the Pavement her story edition
Front cover of the Pavement suicide edition

‘Suicide’ Feature Edition

The prevalence of suicide amongst the homeless community is disproportionate to that of the general population.

Peers Journalists researched different organisations (Samaritans, CALM, #deardistressed, Maytree, Mind, For Professionals, Storm) offering advice and counselling to people who found themselves feeling suicidal. We also interviewed a representative from the Listening Place to discover the secret behind their incredible success and unique approach since it was set up in 2016.

Click on the player below to listen our Podcasts




Click on the images below to see our previous editions of The Pavement

Sept/Oct 2019 – Death On the Street Edition

Front cover of the Pavement death on the streets edition

July / August 2019 – Invisible Youth Edition

Front cover of the Pavement invisible youth edition

     May/June 2019    Recovery Edition

Front cover of the Pavement recovery edition

     March/April 2019      Wellbeing Edition

Front cover of the Pavement wellbeing edition

January / February 2018 – Groundswell ‘Shame’ Feature Edition

Front cover of the Pavement January 2018 edition

November / December 2017 – Groundswell ‘Breast Cancer’ Edition

Front cover of the Pavement November 2017 edition

July / August 2017 – Groundswell “Healthy Mouths” Edition

Front cover of the Pavement July 2017 edition

April / May 2017 – Groundswell “Dual Diagnosis” Feature Edition

Front cover of the Pavement April 2017 edition

February / March 2017 – Groundswell “Veterans” Feature Edition

Front cover of the Pavement February 2017 edition

December 2016 / January 2017 – “Access to GPs” Edition

Front cover of the Pavement December 2016 edition

Thank you

From the Ground Up is generously funded by Comic Relief.

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