Fill a Flask for a rough sleeper this summer

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On Monday 8 July, we teamed-up with our friends from the hospitality sector to hand out 500 reusable thermal flasks with fresh water to rough sleepers in London for the Only A Pavement Away Fill A Flask campaign.

Only A Pavement Away (OAPA) is a hospitality charity that supports the homeless, ex-offenders and veterans to find career opportunities within the hospitality sector.

Only a Pavement Away fill a flask campaign London

Fill A Flask

The Fill A Flask campaign is an initiative by OAPA that will see the distribution of 6,000 thermal flasks to rough sleepers across the UK throughout July and August – to help them stay hydrated in the hot summer months.

As well sharing these with the homeless, we also gave flasks out to the public, explaining they are intended to be filled with water, tea or coffee, and given to anyone they may see sleeping rough.

If you see a rough sleeper with a bright blue flask, please offer to fill it for them.

All Fuller’s pubs are water Refill stations and a member of staff will fill the flask for you if asked.

Only a Pavement Away fill a flask campaign London

Helping ex-offenders to find employment

Fuller’s has been working with OAPA to help ex-offenders into employment in hospitality since late 2018.

Ruth Darlow, who is managing the OAPA project at Fuller’s, said:

“We visit prisons for job fairs, conduct mock interviews, and hold presentations about the hospitality industry. If a candidate is suitable for a job, we will organise an interview where they are treated like any other candidate. If successful, they receive ongoing support from Fuller’s and the relevant charities and organisations.

“Offering someone employment and a routine can make such a difference. A lot of these people have families to support and getting their foot in the door with employment is a crucial step in paving the way to a better future.”

Paving the way in hospitality

Only a Pavement Away was founded by representatives from the hospitality industry and acts as a conduit to help people struggling to get into work to find jobs within the hospitality, pub and restaurant industry.

Greg Mangham, Founder and Chief Executive of OAPA, said:

“I’ve been taken aback by how willing people have been to give up a day to come and help out. It’s a great example of the hospitality industry coming together to make a difference.

“The rough sleepers were very grateful for the flasks, and the public on the whole had a positive reaction to the campaign.”

For more information about Only A Pavement Away and the Fill A Flask campaign, visit onlyapavementaway.co.uk.