What we're about

This is a social meetup, not a charity. We're a group of friends who go out around London to sit and have a chat with rough sleepers once a week; offering support and friendship.

We usually bring out some food and some clean socks, or anything else that the people we get to know need, but it's a sociable, 'peer-to-peer' relationship of equal human beings and fills the niche left by charitable organisations which necessarily have a 'service-client' relationship with rough sleepers. That means you're welcome to come with loads of experience or none, with just yourself or with a few donations, and just once or (hopefully) many times.

We'll also sometimes meet up with other groups - like our friends over at Hot Choc Mob (also on meetup) or put on a party or a picnic for the rough sleepers we get to know.

You're welcome to join us for a walk, a chat, and a chance to make some new friends!

Upcoming events (5+)

Tea and Talk

St Martin in the fields church

Hello everyone and welcome to Tea and Talk - a chance to meet and chat to members of London's homeless community over a cup of tea and possibly a biscuit or 2... Here's how it works: we'll meet at 6.30pm. We'll split into groups of about 4 people, and each group will go on a little wander round various areas of London, stopping to offer a cup of tea and chat to any homeless people we meet on our travels. After about 90 minutes we'll meet up again at a nearby pub to share experiences and maybe a drink or 3. The official Tea and Talk pub is The Clarence Pub (http://www.theclarencewhitehall.com/) 53 Whitehall, London SW1A 2HP . Where do we meet? The steps of St Martin in the Fields, in Trafalgar Square. The aim of 'Tea and Talk' is simply to have non-judgemental human-to-human conversation with members of the homeless community - something that happens all too seldom in our busy city, leaving some homeless people feeling very isolated. A simple cup of tea and a chat can help to change that feeling. No previous experience is necessary: just a willingness to challenge preconceptions and have a chat. Each group will have at least one experienced member who knows the route - and the ropes! You don't have to bring anything at all other than a non-judgemental attitude and a willingness to get involved. But if you would like to help out materially, wholesome food such as sandwiches, pasties, pies, fruit etc are always appreciated, as are dark-coloured clothing (easier to keep clean) - socks and boxers are particularly appreciated - and basic toiletries such as shower gel & deodorant go down well too. HOWEVER: the conversation is MUCH more important than the stuff. For more information, here are numbers of our 'regulars' - feel free to give any of them a call! Yurij[masked] Cheers everyone, remember this group belongs to all of us so do keep your RSVP status up to date to keep things running smoothly, and if you're going to be late or can't make it at the last moment PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE LET US KNOW! We know who's coming so we do wait til everyone's there before we set out. See you all on Wednesday!!! Can't make Wednesdays? We go out on other days of the week too (check our calendar to see) - or you can join our friends over at Hot Choc Mob who go out on alternate Tuesdays. Search for Hot Choc Mob on meetup to find them :)

Stroll with socks

St Martin in the fields church

Hello and welcome to Stroll with Socks - an amazing opportunity to make friends, get some fresh air and exercise, find out about one of London's most misunderstood communities AND increase your Karma balance - all for FREE!!! Sound too good to be true? Well it really isn't - here's how it works: we'll meet at 6.30 pm, then we'll split into groups of about 4 people, and each group will go on a little wander round various areas of London, stopping to offer a cup of tea and a chat to any homeless people we meet on our travels. After about 90 minutes we'll meet up again at a nearby pub to share experiences and maybe a drink or 3 - the official 'Stroll with Socks' pub is The Clarence Pub (http://www.theclarencewhitehall.com/) 53 Whitehall, London SW1A 2HP. Where do we meet? The steps of St Martin in the Fields, in Trafalgar Square. The aim of 'Stroll with Socks' is simply to have non-judgemental human-to-human conversation with members of the homeless community - something that happens all too seldom in our busy city, leaving some homeless people feeling very isolated. A gift of a pair of socks along with a few kind words can help to change that feeling. You don't have to bring anything at all (not even socks) - it just takes a non-judgmental attitude and a willingness to get involved. But if you'd like to help out materially, dark-coloured clothing (easier to keep clean) - socks and boxers are particularly appreciated; basic toiletries such as shower gel & deodorant go down well too - and wholesome food such as sandwiches, pasties, pies, fruit etc are always appreciated. HOWEVER: the conversation is MUCH more important than the stuff. If it's your first time: Fear not! We all know how it feels to be new and you can be sure of a warm welcome from your fellow 'pavers'. Just mention when you sign up - and when you turn up at the meeting point - that you're new, and you'll be introduced to some of our friendliest and most experienced members who can show you the ropes. Got any questions? Why not call one of our 'regulars' who will be happy to answer any of your questions... Robert[masked] Kierra[masked] Can't make Mondays? We go out on other days of the week too (check our calendar to see) - or you can join our friends over at Hot Choc Mob who go out on alternate Tuesdays. Search for Hot Choc Mob on meetup to find them :) A reminder to Pavement People old and new: This is your group- here are some of the ways you can play your part in making your group the best it can be: - make the most of the opportunity to contribute positively to the comments board below - keep your RSVP up to date - come along to our quarterly meetings where we discuss and vote on ideas and suggestions for ways to improve what we do - come to the pub after the meetup to chat and share thoughts with fellow pavement people - VERY IMPORTANT: if you are going to be late or can't make it after all, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE LET US KNOW as otherwise we'll be stood on the steps waiting for you - we know who's coming so we will wait til everyone's there before leaving... Looking forward to seeing everyone!!!

Chat and chocolate

St Martin in the fields church

THIS IS CHAT AND CHOCOLATE - a social meetup with a BIG difference! How does it work? Simple: We meet at 6.30 pm on the steps of St Martin in the Fields at Trafalgar Square. From there, we split into groups of about 4 people, each group covering a (loosely) pre-defined route around an area of central London, stopping to offer a cup of tea and a chat to any homeless people we meet on our travels. After about 90 minutes we'll meet up again at a nearby pub (typically The Clarence Pub (http://www.theclarencewhitehall.com/) 53 Whitehall, London SW1A 2HP) to share experiences and maybe a drink or 3. Why do we do it and what do we hope to achieve? Pavement People is not a traditional 'outreach' group in that we don't attempt to connect people with social / housing services (although we do pass on contact details to those who ask for them). We don't receive any funding and we're not affiliated with any religious or political organisations. Our aim is simply to provide a bit of respite from the social isolation of homelessness, by sharing a chat and a bar of chocolate along with a cup of tea or coffee. ***NEW MEMBERS ARE PARTICULARLY WELCOME*** Sometimes on a Tuesday we link up with our friends over at Hot Choc Mob (who go out on alternate Tuesdays too), so we can have a bigger group and welcome more new people to meet all of us. Search for Hot Choc Mob on meetup to find out more about them. :) It's my first time. What should I bring? Welcome to Pavement People! You don't have to bring anything at all (not even chocolate) - just come along with an open mind and a willingness to chat to the people we meet. But if you'd like to help out materially, dark-coloured clothing (easier to keep clean) - socks and boxers are particularly appreciated; basic toiletries such as shower gel & deodorant go down well too - and wholesome food such as sandwiches, pasties, pies, fruit etc are always appreciated. BUT: the conversation is MUCH more important than the stuff. It's my first time. Are you friendly? We're lovely! Just mention when you sign up - and when you turn up at the meeting point - that you're new, and we'll give you a lovely warm welcome and make sure you get introduced to some of our friendliest and most experienced members who will be more than happy to show you the ropes. We know a lot of the street people in London very well and they are always very friendly and welcoming to new members of our group - so prepare to be appreciated... What happens after the wandering? We go to the pub! We'll meet at around 8.30 in a nearby pub to socialise and share experiences. ***The official 'Chat and Chocolate' pub is The Clarence (http://www.geronimo-inns.co.uk/theclarence/) 53 Whitehall London SW1A 2HP*** Got any questions? Why not call one of our 'regulars' who will be happy to answer any of your questions... Robert[masked] Kierra[masked] See you on Tuesday!!!

Tea and Talk

St Martin in the fields church

Hello everyone and welcome to Tea and Talk - a chance to meet and chat to members of London's homeless community over a cup of tea and possibly a biscuit or 2... Here's how it works: we'll meet at 6.30pm. We'll split into groups of about 4 people, and each group will go on a little wander round various areas of London, stopping to offer a cup of tea and chat to any homeless people we meet on our travels. After about 90 minutes we'll meet up again at a nearby pub to share experiences and maybe a drink or 3. The official Tea and Talk pub is The Clarence Pub (http://www.theclarencewhitehall.com/) 53 Whitehall, London SW1A 2HP . Where do we meet? The steps of St Martin in the Fields, in Trafalgar Square. The aim of 'Tea and Talk' is simply to have non-judgemental human-to-human conversation with members of the homeless community - something that happens all too seldom in our busy city, leaving some homeless people feeling very isolated. A simple cup of tea and a chat can help to change that feeling. No previous experience is necessary: just a willingness to challenge preconceptions and have a chat. Each group will have at least one experienced member who knows the route - and the ropes! You don't have to bring anything at all other than a non-judgemental attitude and a willingness to get involved. But if you would like to help out materially, wholesome food such as sandwiches, pasties, pies, fruit etc are always appreciated, as are dark-coloured clothing (easier to keep clean) - socks and boxers are particularly appreciated - and basic toiletries such as shower gel & deodorant go down well too. HOWEVER: the conversation is MUCH more important than the stuff. For more information, here are numbers of our 'regulars' - feel free to give any of them a call! Richard[masked] Kierra[masked] Robert[masked] Cheers everyone, remember this group belongs to all of us so do keep your RSVP status up to date to keep things running smoothly, and if you're going to be late or can't make it at the last moment PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE LET US KNOW! We know who's coming so we do wait til everyone's there before we set out. See you all on Wednesday!!! Can't make Wednesdays? We go out on other days of the week too (check our calendar to see) - or you can join our friends over at Hot Choc Mob who go out on alternate Tuesdays. Search for Hot Choc Mob on meetup to find them :)

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Coffee and Conversation

St Martin in the fields church

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