I had a moment where I thought to myself, I can either get myself sorted out or I am going to end up back in prison. This was the turning point for me. I knew that I wanted to be there for my kids growing up. For that, I needed steady work and a stable home. I almost can’t believe that this campaign is really happening. I've been hoping for a chance like this for so long.
I haven't had a place of my own for nearly 10 years. When I was younger I made some bad decisions and was arrested for drug offences. I came out of prison in 2009 determined to start over but was shocked to find that I had still been charged for rent whilst inside. I was in thousands of pounds of debt. Since then, I’ve picked up as much work as possible on construction sites to make my repayments. But with a labourer’s wage, it is impossible to pay rent at the same time. I spent a few years sofa-surfing before being given a room in a hostel.
I'm thankful for the accommodation I have but I would love to move to a more permanent home. With this training, I can find better paid work, start paying my own rent, and be back on my own two feet at last. I can’t wait to have some money to spend on my children and to take my mum out for dinner. It will be great to be able to thank her for all the support she's given me.Show More
Manzell is referred by Thames Reach, one of Beam's charity partners
Manzell's campaign begins to fund
Manzell begins his digger operator training
Manzell gains his digger operator licence
Manzell finds full-time work as a digger operator
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.