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We love hearing amazing stories about the impact we had in their lives. There’s nothing better than seeing someone’s life turned around, feeling secure and hopeful!
WHAT OTHERS SAY
“My support worker told me about the Only A Pavement Away charity who helps signpost anyone who is homeless into employment within the hospitality industry and encouraged me to apply for a job.
My career had been in restaurants – as a bar-tender, a sous-chef and then a chef. I was helped to prepare for an interview at The Ivy Collection and I was lucky to be accepted for a trial shift, which went well, and was offered the job. It’s what I really enjoy doing, so I was so happy to get the job.
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.“
“I met Abigail whilst I was in custody and she explain that her role was to support me into work once I was released. When the time game, she spoke to me about an organisation called Only a Pavement Away and explained who they were and how they could help me find work.
I was put forward and took part in recruitment event ran by Greene King and was consequently offered a proper interview and trial shift. I’ll be honest, I thought I was going to dislike working in a pub due to the different personalities and back grounds and how people would view me, but this is not just a pub it’s a Greene King and believe me its home for some people. My manager Denise is an absolute diamond. She knew where I came from but understand and accepted me for who I am and I couldn’t ask for anything more! I hope she knows how much respect I have for her for interviewing me and my team leaders for their persistence and patience. I now feel qualified but it does not stop there the road to success is a long one.
If I could give advice to someone going through what I have done in the past and is trying to change their future I would say you really have to want it – and work out what that IT is!
I’m doing better than I ever thought I would, I’m interacting with different people on a daily basis, more importantly I’m learning how this industry works, and I’m getting on with my life in with a consistent positive attitude.”
“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.”
“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!”
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