After more than a decade on and off the streets, things are really looking up. I just got some short-term accommodation and it makes me so happy to wake up and feel carpet under my feet. More importantly, I completed detox in January. I'm proud to say I've been abstinent from every intoxicant ever since and there's no way I'm going back there, for my own wellbeing, and even more so for the sake of my daughter.
Now it's about getting into stable work so I can look after myself and my family. Years back, I worked in construction and this year I passed my 'Construction Skills Certification Scheme' exam. I want to become a crane rigger which means working on the ground to assist the crane operator to move loads. This is the right role for me as I've got relevant experience and the pay is decent and will allow me to get off benefits.
And the dream? To one day save up enough to open my very own cafe! Last, thanks to Beam - I'm determined to make a success of this opportunity and be a role model for other members who join after. And thank you for reading my story!