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A wise man said “It is better to give than to receive…”! How is that possible, you may ask? But when you play a part in helping others, and see how it impacts their lives, it changes you in a profound way. It’s easy to be part of the solution.

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

320,000

registered homeless in 2018, an increase of 4% since 2010

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On average one homeless person dies every fortnight on our streets.

70,000

ex-offenders are released each year with just £46 discharge grant in their pockets

6,000

veterans with no permanent address

In the 12 months since its launch in 2018, OAPA has already helped 50 homeless members back into work saving the Government circa £1.25 million. Over the next year, we want to support a further 250 homeless people find work and help create a pathway to employment and to a brighter future.

OAPA is a free of charge programme it makes no charge for finding jobs and acts as the conduit between the hospitality industry and our partner charities supporting homeless people back into work.

Your support is invaluable in helping us reach this target by ensuring we can raise the funds needed to build our team and help create more pathways to employment, maintain and provide a robust job application and follow up process, provide training and support and most importantly, enable us to offer a stability grant to help support those members who need some short term help with rent, travel, clothing during their transition back into society.

HOW WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE

‘I’m so relieved. I finally feel safe & stable.’

In November 2018, Iulian became homeless in London. He was living in accommodation provided by his employer who said rent would be deducted directly from his wages. Sadly his wages never came and after working unpaid for six weeks he was told to leave the property.

Iulian says: “With nowhere to go, I had no choice but to sleep on the streets. I slept mainly in well-lit passages, and where I could, public places with CCTV. I thought I was less likely to be attacked if passers-by could see me. Weeks later I was advised to get in touch with StreetLink who helped me into Crisis at Christmas. It was like heaven – after being on the street, and then suddenly being treated like you’re at a five star hotel.”

Iulian, aged 33, moved into a Caritas Anchor Assessment Hub in mid-January. Six weeks later, on 28th February, he received the keys to his new home.

“When I moved into Caritas Anchor House I was so relieved. I finally had a stable roof over my head, and could stay long enough to get my life back on track. Once I got here, I knew I wouldn’t ever go back to the streets. My career had been in restaurants where I worked as a bartender, sous-chef and then a chef. Zainab, my support worker, told me about the Only A Pavement Away charity who help assist and support those who are homeless into employment within the hospitality industry. She encouraged me to apply for a job.”

“I was helped to prepare for an interview at The Ivy Collection and was accepted for a trial shift, which went well, before being offered a role at The Ivy St John’s Wood. Cooking is something that I really love and I was very happy to be offered the position.”

Iulian began with The Ivy Collection in February 2019 as a kitchen porter, and after just four and a half months in the role, he progressed to commis chef. Janene Pretorius, Director of People at The Ivy Collection says: “Iulian is an invaluable member of our team at The Ivy St John’s Wood and we were delighted to promote him to commis chef earlier this year.”

It’s stories such as these that show the invaluable work that the team at Only A Pavement Away carry out on a daily basis.”

Iulian adds: “When you go from being homeless to moving in to your new home and being given a chance to forge a new career, it’s a feeling I can’t easily describe. I am so relieved and finally feel safe and stable. I am proud and know I have accomplished something amazing.”

OAPA creates hope and a future for those who have given up on life. With your support we change lives!

HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Fundraise

There are different ways to raise money for the project. The funding we receive is integral for each person to complete the programme.

Donate

Every donation received by OAPA contributes to the funding required to give the skills, attributes and training needed for employment.

Events & Campaigns

Support the OAPA events taking place throughout the year. Together with our partners we have had great success with events.

WHAT YOUR DONATION PROVIDES

Where OAPA members need additional short-term support with their rent, travel costs, uniforms and their initial living expenses this can be provided as a one-off stability grant. Applied for on their behalf by their supporting charity/association. No monies are paid to our members but directly to the supplier/provider.

FEATURED EVENT

WINTER WARMTH CAMPAIGN

Winter adds to the horrors of having to sleep rough. A simple gesture can help to make things a little better. The donation of a coat, a blanket and/or a sleeping bag can help keep someone warm this winter. See how you can make a difference.

OUR AMBITIOUS PLANS

JOBS TO BE FILLED IN OUR 1ST YEAR

JOBS TO BE FILLED IN OUR 2ND YEAR

JOBS TO BE FILLED IN OUR 3RD YEAR