Guy's campaign has fully funded! 🎉 A Beam employee is now supporting him on his journey through training and into work as an electrician.
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I just want to thank everyone that donated to my campaign, it’s the best Christmas present I could ever have wished for.
Honestly can’t believe how quickly I’ve reached my target. Wishing you all had a wonderful Christmas and prosperous new year. Again thank you all so much. I’m made up!
He raised £3,212 from 324 supporters to become an electrician.
I can't wait to get started with the final stage of my training! Some of the people I met previously on the course are now in the process of finishing their training off and tell me how useful they've found it. After I've completed this, I can buy the equipment I need and finally start working as a qualified electrician. I can't wait!
Some great news - I passed my Level 2 electrical training! ⚡The final assessment involved a theory test (which was not easy!) and a practical assessment.
I've already had 4 potential job offers from different employers to work as an electrician's mate! 🔌
My next steps?
I'm temporarily moving in with a family member whilst I work full-time to save for a deposit as I couldn't afford to do this whilst living in my current hostel. After settling into the job, I'm looking to undertake my level 3.
Things are really looking up for me at the moment - guess it's true what they say: you get out of life what you put in 👊
I'll keep you updated on how I get on with the job start!
First of all I want to start by saying thank you all. Christmas is a really tough time of the year when you’re in recovery and when I read the messages at the end of a hard week it really lifted my spirits and cheered me up. I’d been checking the campaign page nearly every other day and never expected it to fund as quickly as it did. I’d like thank you all for your kindness; it really means a lot and I’ll be forever grateful.
With the money raised, I’ve now booked my training which begins in March. I also graduate from 7 months of rehab this week having spent 8.5 months free from drink and drugs. I now realise - fully for the first time - that I never have to use these again and can finally begin the rest of my life. Having the course booked gives me a clear goal which I can work towards as one life chapter ends and another starts. At the moment, I feel pretty confident and excited about the electrical training...but I’m sure the nerves will kick in closer to the time!
In the meantime, I need to start my training for the London marathon which I’m doing to raise money for Mind. I also want to explore volunteer openings in my local community so I can focus on giving back, having taken so much from others throughout my lifetime.
I’ll let you know how I get on with my training (both as an electrician and for the marathon!) later in the year. In the meantime, take care.
Guy's first Beam campaign fully funded
Guy completed his Level 2 Electrical Installations diploma
Guy's second Beam campaign went live
Guy starts his Level 3 Electrical Installations course
Guy completes his Level 3 Electrical Installations diploma
Guy starts full-time work as a electrician
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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.
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