Project Details

Only A Pavement Away helps connect people facing homelessness, prison leavers and veterans into careers within hospitality.

We act as an effective conduit between hospitality operators and the charities working with those who find themselves vulnerable or disadvantaged and are therefore struggling to get into work by offering career opportunities within the industry. 

We facilitate a skills training project – Life Skills Hub -  where the purpose is to help people who have been homeless and are ready to be rehoused and re-employed, with some introductory skills training to on how to live independently, whilst developing their employability skills to take them into new careers in hospitality.

To date, the charity has placed 180 members into work, adding an approximate value of over £4 million to the economy through reduced support, financial independence and household expenditure. 90 people were placed into work since the reopening of hospitality in May 2021 and the average length of service of the 90 is 38 weeks.

Adam, OAPA Member, February 2020: "Only A Pavement Away helped me to get a job as a commis chef in a prestigious organisation. They supported me financially during the 2nd and 3rd lockdown, and also helped with my accommodation issues. Honestly, without Only A Pavement Away, I could have gone into mental depression and despairs. It was truly amazing to find out that, in these stressful times we're going through, Only A Pavement Away works for the homeless."