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Without our charity partners we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.
The support and collaboration allows Only A Pavement Away to not only succeed as a conduit to employment but also as a supporting framework in helping people regain stability in their lives.
In collaborating with our charity partners we provide those on the project with training, employment and housing.
The 999 Club aims to break cycles of homelessness by providing a safe and welcoming walk-in day centre. Whether it's a hot shower, food or a chat with our passionate advice team, we enable our clients to address their immediate and long-term needs and take the first step on their road to a better life.
Access to Industry works across Scotland with unemployed people who face barriers to employment, including those who have experienced homelessness, are in recovery from substance misuse, or are involved in the criminal justice system. We offer bespoke employability support towards employment, further training and re-engagement with education.
Achieve North West Connect (ANWC) are a newly formed company contracted to deliver the CFO3 programme across the region.
CFO3 is co-financed by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and the European Social Fund (ESF) to support social inclusion through improving the employability prospects of disadvantaged ex-offenders.
The Activate Learning group comprises a wide range of educational provision, all centred around – and driven by – our Learning Philosophy.
Arc are really excited to join up with Only a Pavement Away to help us to provide opportunities to the homeless people we support, who often face barriers when it comes to employment.
Barnabus is a Christian Homeless Charity, providing a lifeline to the homeless in Manchester for over 25 years. We offer help with accommodation, rehabilitation, practical support, healthcare, mediation, skills training and links to employment opportunities. We also offer a range of activities, volunteering and mentoring to help build confidence and skills.
We do this through our, Drop-in, Support Office, Health and Wellbeing Suite, Street Outreach, Allotment project, ReNu Up-cycling Furniture Enterprise, Prison Work and linking to specialist services when needed.
Barnabus provide hope and opportunities, helping our homeless friends to improve and rebuild their lives sustainably so that they can realise their hopes and dreams for the future.
We believe that when individuals, charities, government and companies work together, millions of people can benefit.
We are a charity providing training and support to people who have been impacted by homelessness, mental health, addiction, those with a criminal record or who are at risk of homelessness. Our programmes focus on getting people into fulfilling and meaningful employment, thus breaking the cycle of homelessness, unemployment and poverty.
We are C4WS Homeless Project, and we help people experiencing homelessness. We are a small charity based in Camden and have been operating a winter night shelter for the last 18 years. We not only provide temporary shelter for those who have nowhere else to sleep, but we provide ongoing and sustainable support to help them move into permanent housing.
Each year, people stay with us from any age, gender, nationality and cultural background. We know it can only take one small setback for a person, which can then spiral into a bigger crisis of being homeless. When it comes to getting out of it, there is no one size-fits-all approach. We pride ourselves in tailoring our work to each individual and try to help them during their moment of crisis.
Without Caritas Anchor House I might not still be around. They gave me back who I am, and probably a little bit more. I’ve achieved so much, and I couldn’t be more proud.” – Debbie, resident of Caritas Anchor House
Caritas Anchor House is a residential and life skills centre for single homeless adults in Newham. The borough has the highest level of homelessness than anywhere else in the country, and there is more demand for our services than ever before.
We do more than simply put a roof over people’s heads. Our mission is to ensure that those who walk through our doors grow in confidence and move towards leading independent, fulfilling lives. We support our residents to address the causes of their homelessness, and to overcome any barriers they may face by providing education, guidance and personal rehabilitation through our dedicated Aspirations Programme.
We’re proud to act as a beacon of hope, and each year we help over 250 people turn their lives around and move on from homelessness.
No one should become homeless, and we’re passionate that those who do receive the support and care they need to ensure they do not have to face it again.
To find out more, please visit www.caritasanchorhouse.org.uk
Catching Lives is an independent charity based in Canterbury, supporting people who are sleeping rough, hidden homeless and insecurely housed in Canterbury & East Kent. Our vision is of a society where all are included and everyone, no matter how disadvantaged, can make a contribution. We’re working towards ending the harm caused to individuals and communities by homelessness, rough sleeping and insecure housing.
Centrepoint is the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity. We provide young people with accommodation, health support and life skills to get them back into education, training and employment.
Ever since Centrepoint was founded in a church basement in Soho, we’ve focused on improving the lives of homeless young people. Thanks to our amazing supporters, we’re now able to reach 10,000 homeless young people each year.
Reed in Partnership has more than 20 years of experience supporting people to change their lives for the better.
With our help, hundreds of thousands of people have moved into employment, developed their skills, and fulfilled their potential.
Reed in Partnership is providing CFO Activity Hubs in conjunction with two lead partners: SIG Penrose – a charity that provides help and support for offenders and people with mental health conditions; and RFEA – a charity dedicated to supporting veterans.
Activity providers working within our CFO Activity Hubs include Safe Ground, Your Story, Air Network, Genius Within, USER Voice, and PACT.
If you would like to make a referral to our CFO Activity Hubs, please contact your local office on the below details:
Croydon: 020 8167 2519
Lewisham: 020 8167 2509.
Referrals can be made my Offender Management staff, other CFO and Dynamic Framework providers, DWP, NHS, and other organisations. Visit CFO Activity Hubs London to find out more.
The Clink Charity works to reduce reoffending. We are a unique charity, training serving prisoners in catering and horticultural skills, within a real-life work environment whilst helping them gain academic qualifications. Today, The Clink trains prisoners nationwide in four restaurants, three gardens, 22 prison kitchens and one events catering business across England and Wales. We also provide extensive support post-release in the community which is the key to reducing reoffending.
We work closely with both employers and ex-offenders within our local prisons and take great care to match the skills to the opportunities we have secured.
We focus on building the inmates’ confidence and helping them to get the tools they need to take these work opportunities. This can change the lives of not only that person and their family, but it also impacts the wider community for the better.
We have enabled many ex-offenders to secure work, and it is very encouraging to see more and more employers willing to consider recruitment from this hidden talent pool of people. This is why we are excited to get involved with Only a Pavement Away – because it will help us to assist more people and reduce their risk of ending up homeless on release.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy. As the UK’s biggest public service department it administers the State Pension and a range of working age, disability and ill health benefits to around 20 million claimants and customers.
Fat Macy’s trains aspiring chefs to serve up food with heart, creating a recipe that helps young Londoners make the journey from hostel to home.
Fat Macy’s is a social enterprise committed to providing opportunities for young Londoners living in homeless hostel accommodation. We run supper club events and in-hostel training to create a framework through which participants can overcome the financial barriers preventing them from moving into rented accommodation, whilst gaining valuable work experience and giving them the confidence to challenge the perception of homelessness.
Fat Macy’s combines excellent food with social enterprise expertise – creating a unique model that not only serves delicious food to Londoners, but constructs a much-needed pathway from hostel to home for our trainees. We have already been recognised by the Beyond Business programme in partnership with Investec bank, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Shackleton Leaders award, UnLtd and O2 Think Big.
Our pathway begins with a five day in-hostel training bootcamp in catering, hospitality and employability. All trainees who complete the programme will leave with a Level 2 Food Hygiene qualification, the experience of positive psychology coaching, one-to-one support in CV writing, covering letters and interview tips, and basic catering and hospitality training.
Those who are accepted onto the Fat Macy’s volunteer traineeship are then given 150 hours of work experience at Fat Macy’s supper clubs and catering events, providing work experience and further training. As trainees complete certain time milestones (50, 100, 125 hours) they are eligible to apply for two forms of photographic identification, a month’s travel pass and work uniform to facilitate the journey to independent living.
Once trainees reach 150 hours they are eligible to apply for a housing deposit grant of £1200, which is paid directly to the landlord.
We’re Food Behind Bars. We believe that food has the power to transform people’s lives. We are a Registered Charity dedicated to transforming the food served in British prisons. We work with prisons on the subject of food - to improve the lives of those eating it and support the people making it. Our aim is to positively impact the health and wellbeing of prisoners, by delivering practical food-based education, promoting healthy eating and designing exciting food and drink initiatives.
Our projects cover every aspect of food, cooking, eating and hospitality. Whether that’s building a kitchen garden or delivering a culinary training course to support employment - our work is united by our philosophy of wholesome food for everyone in society. Founded in 2015 by ex-journalist and hospitality worker Lucy Vincent, Food Behind Bars works with men’s and women’s establishments across the country. Our work has been featured by The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, BBC Two, Metro and British Vogue.
We’re Glass Door Homeless Charity, London’s largest open-access network of emergency winter shelters and support services for men and women affected by homelessness. Our vision is a world where no one has to sleep on the streets of London, and we’re working every day to achieve this. By partnering with churches to provide shelter and support, Glass Door is committed to supporting people get—and stay—off the street.
We believe everyone has inherent dignity and we welcome those who turn to us as our guests.
We are open to all, space permitting. We do not require our guests to fill in long, complicated forms or prove they have a local connection to gain access to our services.
As an independent charity that receives no funding that impedes our open access policy, it is thanks to the support of individuals, partners, churches, community groups, businesses and trusts and foundations that we can continue to provide shelter and support to those who need it most.
Groundwork is a federation of charities mobilising practical community action on poverty and the environment across the UK. We’re passionate about creating a future where every neighbourhood is vibrant and green, every community is strong and able to shape its own destiny and no-one is held back by their background or circumstances. We help people gain confidence and skills, get into training and work, protect and improve green spaces, lead more active lives and overcome significant challenges such as poverty, isolation, low skills and poor health.
Kirklevington Grange is an open prison in Stockton-on-Tees for men resettling in the north-east of England.
Low Newton is a prison and young offender institution (YOI) in Brasside, near Durham, for women aged 18 and over.
Moorland is a prison and young offender institution (YOI) near Doncaster, South Yorkshire for men aged 18 and over.
Standford Hill is an open prison for men. It is one of 3 prisons that form the Sheppey Cluster in Kent, along with HMP Elmley and HMP Swaleside.
Swansea Prison is a men’s prison in the centre of Swansea, Wales.
At IRMO we believe that the right support facilitates change and progression into meaningful employment. We inspire and support Lambeth residents between 18 to 30 years old into sustainable jobs. Through our mentoring scheme accessible in Spanish and Portuguese we provide to young people better chances of gaining and sustaining employment.
Julian House is a charity that supports vulnerable and at-risk individuals. These include adults and young people experiencing homelessness, escaping domestic abuse, adults with learning difficulties and people who need support after leaving prison.
Key4Life is an employability charity for Young Men with criminal records. We have been running for 10 years in both Bristol and London, and are soon to be in Manchester. We run men through our tried and tested 7-step model, using methods ranging from Equine Therapy and mentoring to employability workshops and work experience. After 6 months we get more than 60% of our Young Men into meaningful employment and our team continue to support them to remain in employment.
NEWway Project is a small Newham based charity offering various forms of support to those who are homeless or vulnerably housed in Newham. We are made up of three departments, NEWday- our day centre, NEWdawn our church-led winter night shelter and NEWlife our gardening social enterprise. You can check out more of what we do on our website - newwayproject.org
No Going Back is an innovative programme of training, support, employment and housing funded and driven by the Livery Companies with job opportunities via their members. It is designed to get people into employment on release and includes accommodation for those leaving prison who might not otherwise be able to take up their jobs. Most importantly it has successfully navigated Covid restrictions to find ways to continue to provide support for people throughout the period.
The Oswin Project creates second chances for ex-offenders through training and employment. We offer bespoke careers support to help ex-offenders develop the skills, attitudes, and attributes to move away from offending, and on to better lives. We provide mentoring, and source and provide paid employment and funded training opportunities
Though we continue to work closely with local employers to source employment opportunities, we are increasingly building capacity to provide such opportunities ourselves. Our exciting and innovative Café 16 initiative seeks to establish Cafés managed by the Oswin Project and staffed by ex-offenders. The first of these, in HMP Northumberland, opened March 2020 and our second Café 16 opened in Newcastle Cathedral in August 2021. We also operate an expanding gardening and property maintenance service, which is also staffed exclusively by ex-offenders.
Oxfordshire Homeless Movement are a partnership of the many organisations working to ensure that nobody has to sleep rough on the streets of Oxfordshire.
They aim to bring greater visibility to all Oxfordshire’s work in this area, guiding volunteers, supporters and homeless people alike to the actions or services they’re looking for.
Penrose Options was founded in 1969 and since then has supported thousands of offenders and those recovering from mental health issues along their own personal journeys. Its mission is to deliver high-quality support, health and social care through prevention, early intervention, recovery, and rehabilitation at the point of need.
RESTART Lives is a homelessness charity, based in London, supporting people to break the cycle of homelessness and move towards independent living, feeling more empowered, confident and resilient.
Our aim is to support people overcoming the challenges of life on the streets by assisting them to secure accommodation, find employment/income, improve social relationships, mental health and well-being.
Many of those we support have come from, or are currently living in, vulnerable situations (including sleeping on the street or in temporary accommodation).
The key principles underpinning our work include:
We improve the lives of people severely affected by mental illness through our network of local groups and services, expert information and successful campaigning. Our goal is to make sure everyone severely affected by mental illness has a good quality of life.
Since 2007, Robes has operated across Southwark and Lambeth to provide shelter for people who find themselves homeless in London.
Robes also supports people with vital welfare advice, enabling them to access services and accommodation. With the support of over 30 Church venues and over 1000 volunteers, Robes continues to go from strength to strength.
Room to Reward is a unique charity created to give something back to those volunteers who do so much, for so many. All over the U.K., there are hundreds of thousands of people making a difference where it’s needed most, people whose words, deeds and actions make the world a better place. Room to Reward enables registered charities to give something back to these inspirational individuals with a well-earned break at no cost to themselves.
Room to Reward partners with hotels across the U.K who donate their anticipated unsold rooms to the scheme. Charities are then invited to nominate their Hidden Heroes for a 1-2 night, bed and breakfast, complimentary break to enjoy with a friend/loved one.
Hotels throughout the country – as well as properties in Europe – have joined the initiative, helping to say ‘thank you’ to society’s Hidden Heroes and celebrating the difference they make.
Find out more at www.roomtoreward.org.
We are Single Homeless Project, a London-wide charity working to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people to transform their lives.
We’re Solace. For nearly 50 years we’ve supported women and children in London to build safe and strong lives. Futures free from male abuse and violence. We know that women across London are experiencing domestic and sexual violence right now. Whatever form violence comes in, from rape and trafficking to relationships based on psychological or financial control, we work to end it. But we know escaping violence can be the hardest thing to ever do. That’s why it's so important we’re here.
Founded in 1965, Spitalfields Crypt Trust helps people facing homelessness and drug and alcohol addictions transform their lives. Our mission is to enable people with complex drug and alcohol addictions to achieve lasting recovery and a more fulfilling life.
St Basils works primarily in the West Midlands region with young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We have a range of prevention, accommodation, support, employability and engagement services to help young people rebuild their lives, gain skills, confidence and employment and move on successfully. We aim to break the ‘no home, no job, no home’ cycle of homelessness for young people, so that they never return to a state where they are at risk again.
We help people held back by poverty, exploitation and abuse, those dealing with addiction or mental health problems, caught up in crime or a combination of these issues and others. We show people there is a way to build a better future – for themselves and those they care about – and help them create this through support, advice and training.
St Petrock’s is a small, local charity working to address the problems caused by homelessness in Exeter and the surrounding area. Through their homelessness resource centre in Cathedral Yard, and via their housing services in the community, they provide a range of emergency, support and prevention services to help people rebuild their lives and make the transition to independent living.
The StandOut Programme starts with a four-week intensive training course inside prison and equips people with the tools, skills and mindsets needed for the workplace and offers unique opportunities to engage with employers before release. StandOut coaches then offer individualised 1-1 support through-the-gate and after release for as long as needed, collaborating with our network of employer and support organisations. Set up in response to covid-19, the StandOut Helpline offers intensive 1-1 phone coaching and practical support for all men leaving our London partner prisons, assisting with critical needs such as housing, emergency food, benefits, mental health and further training.
Stoll is the leading provider of supported housing for vulnerable and disabled Veterans. We provide affordable, high-quality housing and support services to over 600 people each year. But we are more than bricks and mortar – we also provide life-changing support to Veterans including, employability, mental health and over 70 different vocational and training activities. Our work enables ex-Service personnel to lead fulfilling, independent lives.
We support local young people facing barriers to employment by offering amazing work opportunities as baristas, and for every coffee we sell we fund a meal for a child in need. We are proudly part of Regenerate, the youth work charity based in Roehampton and Putney.
Since being established in 2014 we have created over 60 jobs for local young people who wanted the opportunity to turn their lives around. Not only that, we have funded over 280,000 meals for children through our ‘one for one’ scheme working in partnership with grassroots organisations in Kenya and Romania.
In response to the challenges on the Bakery business due to Covid-19, in July 2020 we set up our first mobile coffee cart and then in September we started another one. Over the next two years we plan to create employment for at least 75 young people in our community through our growing fleet of coffee carts!
We offer transitional employment in Wandsworth to young people looking to earn money and gain new skills. Alongside barista shifts, we offer weekly one-to-one mentoring and regular group workshops. Through these sessions we aim to strengthen self-confidence and self-esteem, build interpersonal and problem-solving skills, and develop employability skills. The end goal for us is to get our team of young people into further education, employment and/or training opportunities beyond The Feel Good Bakery.
All team members work part-time and will be given the opportunity to access new training and work experience opportunities while they work with us. We work closely with other professionals and practitioners involved in teach team member’s life to ensure best possible care of our employees.
The House of St Barnabas is a social enterprise members’ club and Employment Academy that exists to help people break the cycle of homelessness. The profit generated by the members’ club is gifted to the Employment Academy, which offers training, work experience and real jobs, all within the walls of the Grade 1 listed “House of Charity” at 1 Greek Street.
The Passage takes its values and ethos from the teachings and example of St Vincent De Paul, a Christian and social reformer, who co-founded the Daughters of Charity in 1633. Vincent believed in action rather than words and in hands-on service to vulnerable people.
As a Vincentian organisation, The Passage strives to be inclusive; encompassing a diverse and rich culture from among our members, clients, volunteers and staff. Actively working with others across all aspects of society, seeking to have influence and be an advocate for homeless people, The Passage seeks to be a place of hope, aspiration, change and innovation, underpinned by values that reach back over 400 years.
This approach is reflected in our core values set out below:
We assist homeless people to realise their own potential to transform their lives.
We act with compassion and kindness.
We are a voice for change and justice.
We build relationships based on trust.
We respect each other.
We are straightforward in all our dealings.
We believe in practical hands-on hard work.
We collaborate across all sectors of society.
The Upper Room has expanded from a small soup kitchen supporting people experiencing homelessness into a dynamic charity offering a range of services to address the immediate and longer term needs of its guests.
We believe that everyone deserves the right to a home, but more than that, that everyone deserves the right to feel safe, to feel valued and to feel positive about their future. We offer training courses, volunteering opportunities and practical workshops to support people to become work-ready.
Our Vision is a Wales where people stand together to provide hope, support and solutions to end homelessness. We are tireless in our commitment to achieving this vision alongside our staff, our partner agencies, and most importantly alongside the people we support.
The Upper Room runs a number of interlinked services supporting guests experiencing homelessness, ex-offenders, and those in poverty and with mental health conditions who live locally.
The Upper Room provides hot food every day to whoever wants it, no questions asked, and has a number of caseworkers providing support with employment, housing, legal and immigration issues. We also have a counselling and therapy service delivered onsite and remotely, as well as a programme designed for ex-offenders and young people who have been identified as at risk to learn how to drive.
Established in 2010, Walking With The Wounded supports a pathway for vulnerable veterans to re-integrate back into society and sustain their independence. At the heart of this journey is employment.
We recognise the inherent skills of our armed service personnel and want to complement these qualities, as well as provide support to transfer their skills into the civilian workplace. We offer assistance through our programmes to those vulnerable veterans who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged by their service and assist them in sustaining their independence through new sustainable careers outside of the military. This includes providing support to homeless veterans and veterans in the Criminal Justice System, areas which are too often ignored. The outcome? Sustainable employment and independence for them and their families.
Well Grounded runs a series of Speciality Coffee Training Academies for vulnerable adults. We provide free technical training and accreditation, employability, social and emotional wellbeing support, alongside a mentorship and coaching programme. Well Grounded’s aftercare programme transitions Graduates into work in the coffee industry and provides an ongoing wellbeing, networking and skills based training programme.
Find out more at www.wellgroundedjobs.co.uk
Charity begins at home, but what about those people without a home? We are a community based charity in West Berkshire set up to assist the homeless back into a home. Our aim is zero tolerance to homelessness in our area.
We are Work Well. We are part of South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust.
Our mission is to support people in achieving their own career goals. We believe everyone can work, and people should have choice about the type of work they want to do, and when to do it.
Our vision for the future is a society where everyone can work, if they want to.
Our values are:
Working Well Trust was founded in 1992 by a group of mental health professionals who wanted to address the issue of low employment rates for people who have experienced mental health issues. In the last few years we have adapted our approach to work with people with Autism (ASD), people with learning difficulties, or complex issues including homelessness or addiction. We believe that everyone who wants to work can do so if they are offered the right support for them. Our employment services offer support that meets the individual’s needs using both the traditional stepped approach and the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model.
YES Outdoors runs various sessions each week across Islington, Camden, Haringey and Hackney. They work to raise their members aspirations and equip them with the tools to increase their confidence, build positive relationships and enable them to give something back to their own community.