PATHWAY TO A CAREER AND A BRIGHTER FUTURE
A PAVEMENT AWAY
Creating an effective conduit between employers in the hospitality industry and those charities/associations whose main aim is to support the homeless, ex-offenders and ex-service personnel reintegrate back into society.
Building the future
ONLY A PAVEMENT AWAY is a charity founded by representatives from the hospitality industry. We act as a conduit to help those people struggling to get into work overcome hurdles by finding jobs within the hospitality, pub and restaurant industry.
Our initial focus was on helping the Homeless and those sleeping rough including those having to “sofa hop” we now work with ex-service personnel, ex-offenders and those with learning difficulties.
Our aim is to act as a conduit to employment whilst negating the need for people to face an existence of living on the streets. We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity and a chance to forge a career. Our industry is an exciting one built on people.
WHAT OTHERS SAY
“Greg, I just wanted to take this opportunity to offer my continued support to you and to Only A Pavement Away.
We first met in January 2018 and I was excited by the potential of Only A Pavement Away in providing jobs and a second chance for the homeless within the Hospitality Industry. I am delighted and excited that you then expanded your original remit to include Ex-offenders and Veterans. Only a Pavement Away is a wonderful, game-changing unitive offering hope and jobs for many of society’s often forgotten/disadvantaged, whilst providing a commercially needed new source of talent for the Hospitality Sector. Simply brilliant!”
“I am excited and delighted that UK Hospitality will be working in partnership with Only a Pavement Away to offer real, full time job opportunities within the Hospitality Industry, to the homeless, ex-offenders and ex-service personnel. This will not only provide much needed new team members/employees for the industry, but also a helping hand to the disadvantaged which enables sustainable reintegration back into their families, local community and society as a whole.”Kate Nicholls
“I met Greg at the start of OAPA which I recognised was an idea of its time. Subsequently he joined the Corbett Network comprising 45 rehabilitation charities with the same aim of providing jobs for ex-offenders. OAPA goes further by concentrating as well on the homeless and former veterans. I have no doubt in years to come that OAPA will have provided many hundreds of jobs to help vulnerable people rejoin society.”Lady Valerie Corbett
“OAPA works because the employers are supportive of Crisis’s work and understand the challenges our members face. Though collaborative working, OAPA has opened up a range of roles within the Hospitality sector which provide homeless members the opportunity to go back into work and take a step forward in ending their homelessness.“Dulal Ahmed
VACANCIES IN PUB & RESTAURANT INDUSTRY BY 2024
ROUGH SLEEPERS IN 2016 - AN INCREASE OF 16%
JOBS TO BE FILLED IN OUR 1ST YEAR *
* Together with our industry partners and employers, we aim to fill 500 jobs within the first 12 months.
We are not a recruitment agency and solely focus on helping those on the project find work. Outside of the moral benefits, the project is underpinned by a strong commercial and financial benefit to the hospitality, pub & restaurant industry whilst reducing the ever increasing strain on funding required for those who find themselves in such extreme circumstances.
Homeless charity, Crisis, have worked with us from the very beginning to ensure that the standards required to help someone return to work are adhered to and are in no way compromised. For those who are on the project but are not/ nor are in danger of being homeless or sleeping rough then the same high standards apply. The funds raised by ONLY A PAVEMENT AWAY will be used to support those returning to work, supplement the resources required by the charities/associations to manage the project and promote the jobs available.
The ethos of the project is based on a very simple concept, that no matter who or where you are, you are ONLY A PAVEMENT AWAY:
Lack of Self Esteem
Belonging & Team
Fun & Enjoyment
Homelessness, Rough Sleeping, Despondency, Loneliness, Isolation and/or Lack of Self Esteem.
Excitement, Career Progression, Belonging & Team, Brighter Future, Stability, Security, Self-Worth, Fun and Enjoyment.
AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF A WOMAN LIVING ON THE STREET
AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF A MAN LIVING ON THE STREET
PRISON POPULATION IN 2018
VETERANS IN PRISON
NUMBER OF VETERANS IN PRISON
PEOPLE SENT TO PRISON IN 2017*
* 71% non violent. 47% served 6 months or less
AN EMPLOYED EX-OFFENDER IS UP TO 67% LESS LIKELY TO REOFFEND
RELEASED ON TEMP LICENSE**
** In 2016 only 1467 offenders were released on Temporary License
OFFENDERS WHO WERE HOMELESS BEFORE OFFENDING
£46: THE DISCHARGE GRANT GIVEN TO PRISONERS ON LEAVING PRISON
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