STABILITY THROUGH EMPLOYMENT.

Established in 2018, Only A Pavement Away aims to connect forward thinking employers in the hospitality industry and charities working with people facing or experiencing homelessness, prison leavers and veterans, to help place them into long term, stable employment.

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With thanks to your support, Only A Pavement Away has gone from strength to strength over the past 2 years. 2020 was a challenging year for everyone but with thanks to your ongoing generous support, we have been able to continue to grow and develop the charity as well as support those already on the programme through the lockdown crisis.

Over the next 12 months we want to support a further 250 vulnerable people into work giving each, the chance to forge a pathway to a brighter future.

Your continued support will ensure we can achieve this.

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The Problem.

There are many reasons why people are forced into homelessness such as lack of affordable housing, losing a job, mental health, leaving prison or the armed forces with no home to go to or escaping an abusive relationship.

There are many thousands of people facing or experiencing homelessness across the country today. Being ‘homeless’ can take many forms such as rough sleeping, people living in sheds, garages and other unconventional buildings, sofa surfing, hostels and unsuitable temporary accommodation such as B&Bs. (Ref: Crisis 2020)

In a country with the fifth largest economy, homelessness is a scandal – it is not acceptable. OAPA wants to help to change that.

HOMELESSNESS

REGISTERED HOMELESS IN 2020
households in GB threatened with homelessness in 2020
-%
INCREASE OF PEOPLE FORCED ONTO STREETS IN GB LAST 5 YEARS
Number of Homeless taken off the streets & put into hostels for COVID
-%
homeless people who have committed a crime to get off the streets
AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF A WOMAN LIVING ON THE STREET
AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF A MAN LIVING ON THE STREET
people died without a permanent home in 2020
COST IN £ TO GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT A PERSON LIVING ON THE STREET
AVERAGE COST IN £ TO NHS TO PROVIDE CARE TO A PERSON LIVING ON THE STREET

VETERANS

VETERANS COPING WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
VETERANS IN PRISON
VETERANS ON PAROLE
VETERANS HAVE NO PERMANENT ADDRESS
VETERANS SLEEPING ROUGH

PRISON LEAVERS

PRISON POPULATION IN 2018
EX-OFFENDERS RELEASED EACH YEAR
PRISONERS ON PROBATION
PRISONERS ON ROTL
%
OFFENDERS WHO WERE HOMELESS BEFORE OFFENDING
AN EMPLOYED EX-OFFENDER IS UP TO 87% LESS LIKELY TO REOFFEND
£
THE DISCHARGE GRANT GIVEN TO PRISONERS ON LEAVING PRISON
%
IN P45 EMPLOYMENT ONE MONTH AFTER RELEASE
%
IN P45 EMPLOYMENT TWO YEARS AFTER RELEASE
%
young offenders that have no accommodation to go to on release
%
reoffend within 2 years if they don’t have a job
%
of employers reject someone if they have a criminal record
billion - Reoffending cost to public per annum

Latest News.

Only A Pavement Away launches Employment Training Café Initiative Nationwide

Only A Pavement Away launches Employment Training Café Initiative Nationwide

Only A Pavement Away - the charity for the employment of those facing homelessness, prison leavers and veterans into careers within hospitality – has today announced it will be launching a series of employment training cafés in Spring 2022.

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Hospitality industry unites to deliver winter warmth to thousands of people experiencing homelessness

Hospitality industry unites to deliver winter warmth to thousands of people experiencing homelessness

In partnership with volunteers from across the hospitality industry, our third annual Winter Warmth campaign - distributing warm apparel throughout the winter months, to homeless individuals across the UK - has successfully taken place in six cities including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham, London, Brighton and Norwich.

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Wing Shack Co launches own beer in partnership with Pretty Decent Beer Co– and each drink sold helps Only A Pavement Away!

Wing Shack Co launches own beer in partnership with Pretty Decent Beer Co– and each drink sold helps Only A Pavement Away!

Wing Shack the chicken brand - loved by celebrities like Big Narstie - is teaming up with independent east London brewery, Pretty Decent Beer Co, to make two new beers.

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Guild of Beer Writers Awards Dinner to support Only A Pavement Away

Guild of Beer Writers Awards Dinner to support Only A Pavement Away

The Guild of Beer Writers is supporting industry charity Only A Pavement Away at its Annual Dinner and Awards, held on 2 December at One Great George Street in Westminster.

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We are delighted to welcome The Portman Group to the Only A Pavement Away team!

We are delighted to welcome The Portman Group to the Only A Pavement Away team!

The Portman Group is the social responsibility body and regulator for alcohol labelling, packaging, and promotion in the UK. Founded in 1989, it has over 130 code signatories from producers, retailers and membership bodies and it is funded by 14 industry leading member companies.

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Greggs launches new partnership with Only A Pavement Away

Greggs launches new partnership with Only A Pavement Away

New partnership coincides with National Inclusion Week and supports the Greggs Pledge initiatives around embracing diversity

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Only A Pavement Away and Tom Aikens toast Cook & Dine Event as amount raised hits £21,000

Only A Pavement Away and Tom Aikens toast Cook & Dine Event as amount raised hits £21,000

Industry charity Only A Pavement Away and a cast of many top hospitality folk – including celebrated chef Tom Aikens, UKHospitality CEO Kate Nicholls, BBPA CEO Emma McClarkin and BII CEO Steve Alton – are lifting a glass after its annual Cook and Dine event yesterday raised more than £21,000.

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Only A Pavement Away receives £30,000 grant from the Veterans' Foundation

Only A Pavement Away receives £30,000 grant from the Veterans' Foundation

We are delighted to confirm that have been awarded a £30,000 grant from the Veterans' Foundation to help us provide a dedicated role within the team to help connect veterans facing or at risk of homelessness into jobs in hospitality.

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Our Partners.

  • Asahi
  • Caterer
  • CPL Training
  • Crisis
  • Fleet Street Communications
  • Flow Training
  • Fraser Giles Partnership
  • Greene King
  • Hospitality Jobs UK
  • Isla Foundation
  • London Freemasons
  • On-Trade Consultancy
  • Polaris Elements
  • Tom Aikens
  • Veterans' Foundation
  • Wellers