House Of Commons Reception Marks Launch Of New Homeless Charity

by Oct 10, 2018News, Press Releases

A new charity, Only A Pavement Away (OAPA), will celebrate its official launch with a House of Commons reception on World Homeless Day (10 October 2018).

Heather Wheeler, Minister for Housing and Homelessness, will be in attendance to give a speech explaining her department’s position and actions on homelessness and explain how the work of OAPA will contribute to the Government’s homelessness action plan.

OAPA was established to help those on the streets, or people who are ‘sofa surfing’ find employment, by creating an effective conduit between employers in the hospitality industry and organisations supporting the homeless, as well as ex-offenders and ex-service personnel.

Through the programme each candidate receives full training, together with a network of support from companies and charities, underpinned by a 12-month post engagement support package ensures that each individual has the best chance of success in turning their life around and boosting their self-worth and self-esteem.

OAPA has worked closely with CRISIS from the beginning. Through its own research CRISIS has shown that a joined-up approach, where housing and employment support is provided simultaneously, is a more sustainable way of preventing future homelessness and reducing the chances of repeat homelessness for people at risk.

The Government’s rough sleeping strategy aims to halve homelessness by 2022. OAPA and the hospitality industry can help to make a serious contribution to their targets and help tackle one of the most urgent social issues of our time. According to the latest figures 4,751 people are estimated to be sleeping rough each night, with an increase of 15% from 2016-2017. And as the fourth largest UK employer, the hospitality sector is in need of 1.3 million employees by 2024; schemes such as this provide a win-win situation.

Founder and Chief Executive, Greg Mangham, said: “Our mission is to help reintegrate people back into society through employment, giving individuals a fresh start, whether homeless, ex-military personnel or ex-offenders. We have an opportunity to nurture a partnership between those charities that manage and assist the vulnerable, with an industry that is looking to fill a wealth of roles and opportunities with people from all walks of life. Our pilot schemes have been encouraging and we are excited to get things fully underway.”

The charity aims to place up to 300 homeless people in jobs within the first year.

Companies wishing to get involved or financially support the charity through charitable donations are asked to register at

Greg Mangham can be contacted on:

For further information contact: Poppy Kelham, Leisure PR
E: T: 020 8605 3544

Editors Notes:

Only A Pavement Away is registered with the Charities Commission Registration no. 1178082
It was founded by Greg and his wife Gill Mangham in 2018
OAPA Team:

Greg Mangham, Founder and Chief Executive (Trustee); Ben Stackhouse, Pub Love (Trustee); Tony Sophoclides, UK Hospitality (Trustee); Dulal Ahmed, Crisis (Trustee); Matt Wyatt, Wellers (Trustee); Robert Humphreys (Trustee); Sharon Dickenson, Events Ltd; Maureen Heffernan, MD Leisure PR; David Apparicio, Chrysalis Foundation (Trustee); Julia Thurston, Freeths LLP (Trustee)

Pub Love; Young’s; Brewhouse and Kitchen; Beds and Bars; McMullen; Laines; Stonegate Pub Company; Glendola Leisure; Yummy Collection; Tabology; Fullers; Craft Union, Faucett Inn

Supporting Partners include:

Freeths; Wellers; Inapub; Venners; CPL Training; Leisure PR; UK Hospitality; Chrysalis; Beond; Brewfit; AVLP; Fat Macy’s; Have A Heart; Licensed Trade Charity; Hospitality Jobs UK; Stoll; BII; Pennies; All Party Parliamentary Beer Group; Appetite.