In our third feature on the staffing crisis in hospitality, Andy Lynes looks at the charities and businesses who are supporting the homeless into sustainable employment
Every cloud has a silver lining, as the old cliché goes, and the staffing difficulties currently faced by the hospitality industry are no exception. This is a golden opportunity to build on the successes of a number of initiatives across the sector to help the homeless return to or enter the workplace for the first time, benefiting both the individual and the industry while also helping to address one of the country's most pervasive and persistent social issues. There are currently 320,000 people in the UK who are homeless or in temporary accommodation, according to housing charity Shelter, including between 4,000 and 5,000 sleeping on the streets each night.
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