Soft drinks company, Britvic plc, has pledged its support to Only A Pavement Away as the charity prepares to open training cafés on high streets across the UK.
Following last week’s announcement by the charity of its latest initiative, Britvic has agreed to provide all the soft drinks needed for the cafés, which will offer training and employment opportunities to people facing homelessness, prison leavers and veterans.
Launching this spring, Only A Pavement Away training cafés will be open to the public and fully staffed by individuals who want to rebuild their lives through a career in the hospitality industry. Those employed at the cafés will be given on-the-job training from practised management teams and will receive valuable experience working in a customer-focused, food-service environment. All profits made will support those working in the café.
The ultimate goal is to have an Only A Pavement Away café in ten cities by the end of the year to train as many people as possible and help them find employment in the sector, but this can only happen with backing from the wider industry and businesses such as Britvic.
Greg Mangham, Founder of Only A Pavement Away, says: “We are hugely gratefully and thankful for the support offered by Britvic - they have made a significant contribution towards the workings of our training cafés and this will make a big difference to so many people.
“Our cafes can only thrive through industry partnerships like this so if you have a site, or a piece of kit or a skill or resource that can help make our cafés a reality, then do get in touch. Our target is to place 250 people into work within the hospitality industry in 2022 - please do commit to helping us make this a reality.”
Adam Russell, Director of Foodservice & Licenced at Britvic, says: “When we heard that Only A Pavement Away was looking for businesses to bring its café concept to life, we knew that we had to do what we could to help.
“Giving people the opportunity to kick-start their careers, or to turn their lives around, is incredibly important to us as a business, and we feel extremely motivated to do all we can to give these people a fresh start.”
Supporting communities is a key part of Britvic’s Healthier People, Healthier Planet sustainability strategy with the company recently providing employment opportunities to 40 young people at risk of long-term unemployment via the Government’s Kickstart scheme.
For more information and to find out how to pledge your support for the Only A Pavement Away training café initiative, please contact Greg Mangham firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.onlyapavementaway.co.uk.
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About Only A Pavement Away
Only A Pavement Away was established by hospitality industry consultant, Greg Mangham & his wife Gill, on World Homeless Day, 10th October 2018, to help those facing homelessness, prison leavers and veterans, find employment in the hospitality industry. To date, the charity has placed 170 people into work, adding an approximate value of £4 million to the economy. The charity also facilitated c£1.6 million of food & drink products into homeless shelters across the UK during lockdown, all through the generosity of the industry. It has ambitious plans in place to support a further 250 people - who are either experiencing or at risk of homelessness - into work by the end of 2022.
Only A Pavement Away is registered with the Charities Commission Registration no. 1178082.