I never had a dad in my life to guide me in the right direction. So when my son was born, I knew I wanted to be different. To be a good role model and a good dad. Things needed to change and, above all, this meant tackling my drug use. What had started out as social using, eventually got out of control and turned my whole world upside down. At the start of 2018 I was sleeping rough, sheltering in fire exits when I had nowhere else to go.
Determined to move forward, I told the council about my problems and was referred to a drug counselling program. I successfully completed rehab and was given a space in temporary housing. That was 7 months ago. I've taken control of my life for the very first time. I've rebuilt my relationship with my family. I'm volunteering at church at the weekly soup kitchen. And now I'm looking to move back into full time employment. I've done driving jobs before and these licences will let me build a career for life. There's a lot of work out there when you have the right skills.
What will I do with my first pay cheque? I want to buy a present for my son. After that, I'll focus on getting a place of my own so he can visit regularly. I feel prepared to take on this new challenge and I'm eager to begin.Show More
Ashley is referred by Centrepoint, one of Beam's charity partners
Ashley's campaign begins to fund
Ashley begins his lorry driving training
Ashley completes his training and gains his HGV licences
Ashley begins his job as a lorry driver
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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A caseworker or "Member Manager" is an employee of Beam who helps those referred to Beam to plan a crowdfunding campaign and supports them through training and into work.
All Member Managers are trained professionals who specialise in supporting vulnerable adults by focusing on their strengths and abilities.