To help those living on the streets, as well as ex-offenders and vulnerable veterans, find employment in the hospitality industry ensuring they are fully supported with training, guidance, information & where required, financial aid, to ensure a stable pathway to successful and ongoing employment.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1178082)
Society is faced with a growing homelessness problem, an overcrowded prison population & a lack of resources to limit re-offending. There is also the issue of the “revolving door” syndrome where those released find themselves homeless & gravitate back to a life of crime. There are 70,000 releases each year with each ex-offender leaving with just £46 discharge grant in their pockets. It is estimated that the UK hospitality industry will be looking for c. 1.3 million employees between now and 2024.
OAPA has created an effective gateway to create visibility and strengthen partnerships between prospective employers in the hospitality industry & custodial charities working hard to place their clients into employment. We are working in partnership with the key custodial education providers and the Ministry of Justice & of the 108 UK prisons have set a target of 36 prisons which provide pre-release training & education covering hospitality and which we will work with in the next 12months.
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!
OAPA works because the employers are supportive of Crisis’s work & understand the challenges homeless people face. Through collaborative working, OAPA has opened up a range of roles within hospitality which provide homeless people the opportunity to go back into work and to end their homelessness
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! Thank you Only A Pavement Away for helping me.
We are delighted to be working with OAPA and thoroughly believe in the benefits this will bring to many lives, as well as being thoroughly rewarding to us as a company. We have had five OAPA employees so far, and I am proud to say our managers have embraced the initiative and are keen to be involved
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