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Only a Pavement Away

We are the charity for the employment of people facing homelessness, prison leavers and veterans into careers in the hospitality industry. We act as the conduit between forward thinking hospitality employers who have access to our FOC jobs board and the charities and organisations who support people facing homelessness into work.

www.onlyapavementaway.co.uk Fundraise for us

Registered charity no. 1178082

Member since August 2019

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Switch 4 Profit sign up and pledge to raise £10k

Switch 4 Profit sign up and pledge to raise £10k


Switch4Profit Ltd (S4P) are delighted to announce that they have selected as their nominated charity and are over the moon to have been accepted as a partner of Only A Pavement Away.

With over 30 years’ experience in hospitality, having worked his way from behind the bar to being on the board, Paul Marsh founded Switch4Profit in Feb 2020 (in his words by accident, following a consultancy acting for one of his current partners); and has had a tough start to say the least heading straight into COVID lockdowns and losing one of his start-up team Simon Bance in September of the same year, to heart attack at the age of 46.

Although S4P are predominantly hospitality focused, they have worked with over 300 clients (+500 sites including multiples) across various verticals including retail, B2B and online. They have generated a network of partners and associates and put simply, they have saved their clients in excess of £1.5m per annum between them.

Switch4Profit is indeed a switching service specialising in fintech products and services but it's not only just about saving operators money. Paul says, “We take pleasure in helping decision makers look at ways of working differently and more efficiently using the technology, usually at their fingertips, behind the suppliers they already use and looking at ways they can improve service and in 'making things simple' for the management and staff in doing so”.

S4P are looking forward to helping raise the charities profile and supporting in any way they can, as well as having agreed to two generous cause related fundraising campaigns via Work for Good, an online platform which makes it easy for smaller businesses to donate to charity through their sales and helps them track donations, set targets and promote their giving, for the charity over the next 12 months. At least 5% income received as a result of all new agreements will be donated to Only a Pavement Away via Work for Good and what’s great is S4P do not charge any of the clients for any of their services.

Cult chicken chain Wing Shack Co launches own beer in partnership with Pretty Decent Beer Co– and each drink sold helps Only A Pavement Away!

Cult chicken chain Wing Shack Co launches own beer in partnership with Pretty Decent Beer Co– and each drink sold helps Only A Pavement Away!

Wing Shack the chicken brand - loved by celebrities like Big Narstie - is teaming up with independent east London brewery, Pretty Decent Beer Co, to make two new beers.

Cans of Wing Shack Co Lager and Cluck Bait Pale Ale will be available to buy from November in all Wing Shack restaurants, on Deliveroo and their website shop.

Both beers will also be on draft at the soon-to-open Brixton and Bromley restaurants – the latter being Wing Shack’s biggest site yet.

And you can drink with a conscience, as for each beer sold a donation of 20p will be made to the Only A Pavement Away charity.

The charity helps people facing homelessness find jobs in the hospitality industry, and is close to Wing Shack founder Joshua Jarvis’ heart.

Ex-offender Joshua is an advisor for Only A Pavement Away, mentoring young people and helping them turn their life around, just like he did when he built up the Wing Shack chicken empire.

Wing Shack will donate 10p from every beer sale to Only A Pavement Away. Pretty Decent Beer Co promise to do the same via the Work For Good platform, meaning 20p from each beer sale will go to charity.

Joshua is excited about the beer collaboration for many reasons. He said: “I grew up in Newham, so having the opportunity to work with another independent business from the area is really exciting.

“I’ve always wanted to create a beer (or two) for the Wing Shack brand, and being able to link this with Pretty Decent Beer Company Co’s charity ethos and my advisory role for Only A Pavement Away makes this collaboration even better.

“Wing Shack fans can now enjoy our beers while supporting independent businesses, and knowing that a donation is being made to a cause that helps others.”


Wing Shack Co Lager, 4.5%, £5.50 for a 400ml can

Wing Shack Co’s signature beer is zesty, crisp and fresh, and the perfect complement to our chicken wings. It truly is fuel for wings. Hot and spicy or sweet and sticky? Either way, this beer will wash down perfectly with any wing flavour combination.

Favourites Wing Shack sauces include Jarv’s Tangy Buffalo, Chang’s Honey & Sesame, Smokey BBQ, Flamin Hoisin and Mango Mazzaline.

Cluck Bait Pale Ale, 4.5%, £5.50 for a 400ml can

The Wing Shack Co team worked with Pretty Decent Beer Company Co’s Head Brewer Chris Pollard to craft this exclusive pale ale. Made with Mosaic and Simcoe hops, it has a tropical and hazy taste and is a sessional pale ale designed to seriously bait our wings.


Wing Shack Co Lager and Cluck Bait Pale Ale cans will be available in store in Loughton, Essex, and Holloway, north London, from Friday 5 November.

Both beers will also be available on draft as well as cans in the new south London restaurants in Brixton and Bromley when they open in late November.

Big Hug Brewing sign up to raise £5,000

Big Hug Brewing sign up to raise £5,000

We are delighted to welcome our first Work for Good supporters - Big Hug Brewing.

Big Hug Brewing, who work with selected brewing partners to help produce its beers, rather than having a home brewery of their own, has launched Pave The Way Pale Ale to help raise £5000 for us this year.

Pave The Way Pale Ale features an impactful illustration of a member of the OAPA scheme in slight superhero stance, empowered by his new job and the opportunities created by OAPA. The funds raised will help provide vital financial support to help people on the OAPA employment scheme with rent, travel and essential living expenses as they make their transition into independent living.