I've been clean for 15 months and feel ready to move my life forward. When I was in active addiction my life was chaotic. I went from one disaster to another and had no belief in myself. Now I want to fulfil my potential and build a happy, stable, and productive life.
When I left school, I trained as an electrician, completed my apprenticeship and qualified in 1993. However, my drinking and drug use also started at this point. I began a journey of addiction that lasted 20 years. Eventually it was impossible to hold down a job long-term. I couldn't further my career or make the most of myself. I remember being completely and utterly demoralised.
Luckily when I reached out for help, I was taken in to Kairos Community Trust. This was a huge turning point for me. With their help I completed detox and received treatment.
Now I want to prove what I'm capable of. Getting my inspection and testing qualifications will let me find work in a less physical role. I'll be able to work into retirement despite the impact that addiction had on my body. I can't wait to be in a stable job and most importantly, feeling happy and content.Show More
Alex is referred by Kairos, one of Beam's charity partners
Alex's campaign begins to fund
Alex completes his 18th edition training
Alex completes his advanced inspection and testing courses
Alex returns to work as an approved electrician
Too often homeless people are forced to lie out of sheer desperation. We think it's better when relationships are built on trust and honesty. Beam verifies each member in 4 ways:
1. Referral: every member of Beam is referred by a registered homelessness charity or local authority.
2. Interviews: before their campaign launches, each member is interviewed twice by a Beam Member Manager.
3. References: we take references on each member from the charity who refers them and someone in a position of responsibility.
4. Profile: we take great care to verify information in a member's story is true.
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All Member Managers are trained professionals who specialise in supporting vulnerable adults by focusing on their strengths and abilities.