ONLY A PAVEMENT AWAY

ONLY 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 veterans reintegrate back into society.

ABOUT US

A PATHWAY TO A CAREER AND A BRIGHTER FUTURE

ONLY A PAVEMENT AWAY is a charity founded by representatives from the hospitality industry who believe that everyone deserves the chance to find and forge a career. Our aim is to act as a conduit to employment to help those people struggling to get into work, overcome hurdles by finding jobs within the hospitality, pub and restaurant industry, whilst negating the need for people to face an existence of living on the streets. Our industry is an exciting one, built on people. 

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 government funding required for those who find themselves in such extreme circumstances. 

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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 in the hospitality sector.

Click on the video below to hear more about how the charity was founded and our mission.

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FEATURED NEWS

Calling all Drinks, Food and Catering Specialists – sponsorship opportunities available!

Only A Pavement Away and Tom Kerridge launch Cook and Dine

Only A Pavement Away (OAPA) and Chef Tom Kerridge, are excited to announce the launch of Cook and Dine, the ultimate dining experience for the hospitality industry. The special fundraising lunch will take place on Wednesday 29 January 2020, from 1pm – 4pm, at a central London location to be announced shortly.

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.

THE PROBLEM

HOMELESS

REGISTERED HOMELESS IN 2018 - AN INCREASE OF 4%

ROUGH SLEEPERS IN LONDON FOR 2018-19 - AN INCREASE OF 18%

ROUGH SLEEPERS IN GREAT BRITAIN - 49.2% INCREASE SINCE 2011

AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF A WOMAN LIVING ON THE STREET

AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF A MAN LIVING ON THE STREET

COST IN £ TO GOVERNMENT FOR EACH PERSON SLEEPING ROUGH

AVERAGE COST IN £ TO NHS PER HOMELESS PERSON

EX OFFENDERS

PRISON POPULATION IN 2018

EX-OFFENDERS RELEASED EACH YEAR

%

IN P45 EMPLOYMENT ONE MONTH AFTER RELEASE

%

IN P45 EMPLOYMENT TWO YEARS AFTER RELEASE

%

OFFENDERS WHO WERE HOMELESS BEFORE OFFENDING

%

AN EMPLOYED EX-OFFENDER IS UP TO 67% LESS LIKELY TO REOFFEND

£46: THE DISCHARGE GRANT GIVEN TO PRISONERS ON LEAVING PRISON

VETERANS

VETERANS COPING WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

VETERANS IN PRISON

VETERANS ON PAROLE

VETERANS HAVE NO PERMANENT ADDRESS

SOLUTION: THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

1.3 MILLION

 

VACANCIES IN PUB & RESTAURANT INDUSTRY BY 2024

WILL BE NEW POSITIONS

3RD LARGEST EMPLOYER

 

IN THE UK

£130 BILLION IN SALES

 

PER YEAR *

3.2 MILLION

 

DIRECT JOBS

2.8 MILLION

 

INDIRECT JOBS

* Bigger than automotive, pharmaceutical & aeronautics industries combined (£126 billion)

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:

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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!” David Apparicio

Founder and CEO, Chrysalis Foundation

“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 veterans. 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

CEO, UK Hospitality

“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

Organiser, Corbett Network

“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

Employment Services Manager, Crisis

“We are delighted to be working with Only A Pavement Away and thoroughly believe in the benefits this will bring to many lives, as well as being thoroughly rewarding to us as a company. We are in an extremely fortunate position to be able to offer roles to people who don’t have any work experience, and we can offer a clear career pathway in our pubs. Generally this starts in junior level roles such as a Team Member or Kitchen Porter – we have many employees who started in these positions and through hard work and shear determination, they are now General Managers or Head Chefs of our pubs.

We have had five OAPA employees so far, and I am proud to say our managers have embraced the initiative and are keen to get involved, offering an opportunity to those in need. It is brilliant to have the ongoing support from Crisis who are there to help both their members and our managers in any situation where they may need support or advice. I would encourage any company to get involved and join us in making a difference!”

Abi Dunlop

Recruitment Manager, Young’s & Co.’s Brewery PLC

LATEST NEWS

Winter Warmth Campaign

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. All you have to do is leave your donation at a designated drop off point (which will be announced shortly) and OAPA will arrange to have it collected and distributed or you can volunteer to hand out your gifts to those sleeping rough.

Pedalling For Pubs – Jordan 2020

Pedalling For Pubs – Jordan 2020

PARTNER EVENT PEDALLING FOR PUBS 2020 FUNDRAISING CYCLE JORDAN 2020 Pedalling For Pubs 2020: Jordan is a challenge like no other. Riders battle the heat and rocky conditions to ride 335km across the country with participants tasked at riding an average of 90km per day...

Tough Mudder 2019

Tough Mudder 2019

Partner EventAPPETITE 4 RECRUITMENT 2019 TOUGH MUDDER EVENT TOUGH MUDDER FOR OAPA Appetite did it again for OAPA  on 21 September 2019!30 contestants in 4 teams competing and getting muddy for a fun challenge while raising awareness and sponsorship for the amazing,...

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