A new charity has been set up with the aim of helping homeless and vulnerable people into careers in hospitality.

Only A Pavement Away is trialling its services with operators including Young’s, Brewhouse & Kitchen and PubLove to guide and coach those who have fallen on hard times back into work.

The group provides full training, together with a network of support from companies and charities, underpinned by a 12-month post engagement support package.

Founded by established industry consultant Greg Mangham, who has spent over 40 years working as a consultant in the sector, Only A Pavement Away seeks to match the estimated demand of 1.3 million employees over the next six years with the rising increase in rough sleepers (up 16% in 2016) and those returning from active service roles and time spent.

Mangham said: “Only A Pavement Away crystallised as a result of not accepting all homeless are rough sleepers and that sometimes, through no fault of their own, peoples paths have taken a wrong turn or detour from the norm. I wanted to do something to help, and having worked in licensed hospitality my whole career, there’s an opportunity to nurture a partnership between those charities who manage and assist the more vulnerable with an industry that is looking to fill a wealth of roles and opportunities with people from all walks of life.

“Through the support of many other passionate people in the sector the project has been brought to life and now we are working to ensure our partnerships, processes and support package has the solid foundation from which to grow the charity.”

Companies wishing to engage with the on-going trials or financially support the charity through charitable donations are asked to register at http://onlyapavementaway.co.uk/get-involved/.