Working with us.


Only A Pavement Away is the charity for the employment of people facing homelessness, prison leavers, and veterans, into careers within the hospitality industry.

We connect our network of hospitality employers and charities on our Jobs Board. By registering with Only A Pavement Away, our employers will be able to post vacancies and have access to the library of candidates. The charities will be able to create a Candidate Profile Page and apply to the vacancies on behalf of the candidates they support. All the candidates registered on our Jobs Board can also have access to a free online training platform.

Once employed, the candidate will become an Only A Pavement Away member, and a 12-month support network will be put in place for them.

At Only a Pavement Away we believe employment brings stability, therefore every successful placement is changing someone’s future.

The Hard Facts.

  • Average life expectancy of a person living on the streets
  • 0%
    % of prison leavers who have nowhere to stay
  • ex-offenders released each year
  • registered homeless in the UK
  • 0%
    % of homeless who have committed a crime to get off the streets


  • People placed into work
  • The average length of service in weeks
  • FREE
    Free Jobs Board and online training platform
  • Hospitality Employer partners signed up to the programme
  • £
    value added to the UK economy

Current charities.

  • 999 Club
  • Access to Industry
  • Achieve North West Connect
  • Activate Learning
  • Amber
  • Arc
  • Barnabus Manchester
  • Beam
  • Beyond Food
  • Booth Centre
  • Breaking Barriers
  • C4WS Homeless Project
  • Caring For Ex Offenders
  • Caritas Anchor House
  • Catch 22
  • Catching Lives
  • Centrepoint
  • CFO Activity Hubs
  • Change Please
  • Clink Charity
  • Clock Tower Sanctuary
  • Crisis
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Depaul
  • DWP Gloucestershire
  • Emmaus
  • Fat Macy’s
  • Food Behind Bars
  • Forces Employment Charity
  • Groundwork
  • Growth
  • Hackney Council
  • Haringey Council
  • Help for Heros
  • Hightown
  • HMP Brixton
  • HMP Bronzefield
  • HMP Kirklevington Grange
  • HMP Leyhill
  • HMP Low Newton
  • HMP Moorland
  • HMP New Hall
  • HMP Standford-Hill
  • HMP Swansea
  • Homeless Link
  • Indoamerican Refugee & Migrant Organisation (IRMO)
  • Julian House
  • Key 4 Life
  • London Training and Employment Network
  • Marylebone Project
  • Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing
  • Ministry of Justice
  • MK College
  • Mosaic Clubhouse
  • Newway Project
  • No Going Back
  • Novus
  • Open Road
  • Oswin Project
  • Oxfordshire Homeless Movement
  • Penrose
  • People Matters
  • People Plus
  • Plias
  • Poppy Scotland
  • Princes Trust
  • Project Nova
  • Refugee Council
  • Restart lives
  • Rethink
  • Robes
  • Room to Reward
  • Salvation Army
  • Sapphire Independent Housing
  • Shaw Trust
  • Single Homeless Project
  • Sodexo
  • Solace
  • Spear 30
  • Spitalfields Crypt Trust
  • St Basils
  • St Giles Trust
  • St Martin's of Tours
  • St Mungos
  • St Petrock
  • Stand Out
  • Stoll
  • Streetlight
  • Tempus Novo
  • Thames Reach
  • The Big Issue
  • The Feel Good Bakery
  • The House of St. Barnabas
  • The Not Forgotten
  • The Passage
  • The Right Course
  • The Upper Room
  • The Wallich
  • Turning Tides
  • Twiningenterprise
  • Upper Room
  • Walking With The Wounded
  • Well Grounded
  • West Berkshire Homeless
  • Weston College
  • Women At The Well
  • Work Well
  • Working Well Trust
  • Yes Outdoors
  • YMCA

Benefits of working with OAPA.


Access to our Jobs Board which will connect you with our 110 hospitality employers

No More Hassle

For you to navigate through various employment structures

Free Courses

An opportunity for your client to stand out from other applicants by completing free and certified hospitality and wellbeing courses

Support Network

A strong and efficient support network for your client, prior to commencement of work and up to 12 months

Financial Support

Standing by your client during the hard times with access to financial support when needed

Dedicated Relationship Manager

To guide you through our jobs board and assist with any questions or queries that may come up along the way

One OAPA member explains how he had gained successful employment in a London pub shortly after being released from prison.

How the jobs board works.

Jobs Board
  1. The charity places a candidate onto the OAPA Jobs Board and the employers contact them or/and The employer places a vacancy onto the OAPA Jobs Board
  2. The charity applies on behalf of their candidate, who must be ready to return to work
  3. Candidate stands on their own merits at the interview without sympathy shown to their background
  4. Once employed, a 12 months support network is arranged by the charity and OAPA for the candidate
View the Jobs board

Contact us.

If you’d like to connect with us to discuss opportunities or working together please contact our Relationship Managers: