NEW MEMBER!

Michael

TARGET CAREER: ELECTRICIAN
Caseworker:
Seb

Progress

20%
£706
raised
£3,525
target
43
supporters
Fund Michael to become an electrician

Story
News 1

I still find it amazing to consider how unseen energy is all around us, just waiting to be tapped! Whilst studying this never stopped fascinating me. Electrician training really just involves learning how you can easily and safely tap into energy sources. In my spare time, I read science magazines looking at how this operates beyond the simpler household tasks I’ve been trained with. Hydroelectric power is probably the one I find most impressive! I’d love to see it in person one day.

Discovering a passion has made the last year or so easier. Before this, I’d been homeless for nearly a decade. After being kicked out by a family member, I struggled to find my feet. Depression and stress really got to me. I stopped eating properly and couldn’t think straight, let alone work.

Finally, I got into a homeless hostel where I still live now. I started studying but couldn’t get a government loan. Despite this, the college allowed me to finish most of the course. Sadly, without the funds I can’t complete the last module and gain the qualification I need to become a professional electrician.

This Christmas, I have no plans and will likely spend it alone in my hostel. By next year, I want to be in work, in my own place and - with a bit of luck - on holiday for the first time. But first, I need your help getting there!

For personal reasons Michael has chosen to use a pseudonym rather than his real name.

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  • Journey

    Oct 2018

    Michael is referred by Thames Reach, one of Beam's partners

    Dec 2018

    Michael's campaign goes live on Beam

    Jan 2019

    Michael pays off his course fees and gains his full electrician's qualification

    Feb 2019

    Michael purchases tools and starts work full-time as an electrician

    Budget
    Qualification

    Level 3 in Electrical Installation
    £2,595
    Megger Multifunction Installation Tester
    £610
    Contingency*
    £320
    Total
    £3,525
    * Each campaign raises approximately 10% extra towards a pooled contingency fund used to cover any extra costs involved in a member's journey.

    Progress

    20%
    £706
    raised
    £3,525
    target
    43
    supporters
    Fund Michael to become an electrician

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