Sandwich chain Pret A Manger is opening a house for homeless people, offering them both accommodation and paid work.
‘Pret House’ will provide 13 people in London with somewhere to live for six to 12 months before they are helped to move into a rented property.
The company has revealed its ambition is to help at least 20 homeless people get off the streets by the end of the year.
Launched in collaboration with West London Mission (WLM) – a charity that supports homeless people and marginalised members of society – the new house will provide each resident with their own private room.
As well as being given jobs in Pret stores nearby, they will also receive advice on how to get a bank account, save for a deposit and develop their wider literacy and computer skills.