Our Story.

The project was inspired by Greg & Gill Mangham’s refusal to accept that all people who are homeless or rough sleepers were in these situations due to some fault of their own or through some form of addiction. Many situations are the result of circumstances beyond the individual’s control. At the same time, there was an increasing awareness that the hospitality industry needed to employ a large number of team members to meet the needs of a growing industry.

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STABILITY THROUGH EMPLOYMENT.

Established in 2018, Only A Pavement Away provides an effective conduit between 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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Latest News.

Only A Pavement Away Appoints new Trustees to support its 5 - year Strategic Plan

Only A Pavement Away Appoints new Trustees to support its 5 - year Strategic Plan

Only A Pavement Away has appointed a stellar line-up of industry experts to make up its Board of Trustees, with the aim of preparing and strengthening the strategy for its 5-year growth plan.

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Only A Pavement Away launches new employer training resource with Flow Learning

Only A Pavement Away launches new employer training resource with Flow Learning

Only A Pavement Away has partnered with Mapal Group to develop a dedicated learning resource to offer their employer partners as part of their sign-up process.

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Only A Pavement Away Partners with Fred Sirieix to launch Ex-Offender Employment Campaign

Only A Pavement Away Partners with Fred Sirieix to launch Ex-Offender Employment Campaign

Only A Pavement Away (OAPA), the charity that supports ex-offenders, vulnerable veterans and those having suffered homelessness into jobs within hospitality, has partnered with TV and hospitality legend, Fred Sirieix, to launch the ‘Sponsor a Kitchen’ campaign.

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Congratulations to Emma Page

Congratulations to Emma Page

Our Hospitality Against Homelessness campaign received another boost this week with the recognition of Emma Page of Yummy Pubs being awarded the Outstanding Industry Contribution Award at the Morning Advertiser Publican Awards.

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Only A Pavement Away Collaborates With Pennies To Raise Vital Funds

Only A Pavement Away Collaborates With Pennies To Raise Vital Funds

Only A Pavement Away (OAPA) has announced that it is working with Pennies, the UK’s leading fintech charity.

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Only A pavement Away calls for funding to publish Tom Aikens Charity Cookery Cookbook

Only A pavement Away calls for funding to publish Tom Aikens Charity Cookery Cookbook

Following the success of the ‘Tom Aikens Charity Cookery Challenge’ last year, hospitality charity Only A Pavement Away is calling for funding to publish a new cookbook which will contain recipes from the challenge.

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Only A Pavement Away Partners with UK’s Largest Hospitality Technology Company

Only A Pavement Away Partners with UK’s Largest Hospitality Technology Company

Following a record-breaking year since its inception in 2018, hospitality charity Only A Pavement Away is entering into a partnership with Zonal, the UK’s largest hospitality technology company.

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Hospitality Against Homelessness Campaign wins award at the 2020 NITAs

Hospitality Against Homelessness Campaign wins award at the 2020 NITAs

We are delighted to announce that our Hospitality Against Homelessness campaign has been recognised at the 2020 British Institute of Innkeeping National Innovation Awards winning the “Hospitality Support Programme” Award.

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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.

HOMELESS

REGISTERED HOMELESS IN 2020
households in GB threatened with homelessness in 2020
-%
homeless people who have committed a crime to get off the streets
ROUGH SLEEPERS IN LONDON IN 2020
-%
INCREASE OF PEOPLE FORCED ONTO STREETS IN GB LAST 5 YEARS
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
Average number of people sleeping rough on any one night (Pre-Covid)
Number of Homeless taken off the streets & put into hostels for COVID

VETERANS

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

EX OFFENDERS

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 67% LESS LIKELY TO REOFFEND
£
THE DISCHARGE GRANT GIVEN TO PRISONERS ON LEAVING PRISON
%
PIN P45 EMPLOYMENT ONE MONTH AFTER RELEASE
%
IN P45 EMPLOYMENT TWO YEARS AFTER RELEASE
%
young offenders that have no accommodation to go to on release

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
  • The Black Arts Company
  • Wellers