What’s the most important thing about having a home for me? The feeling of being safe and secure. Now I have a hostel place, I can feel confident to start my training. I'm excited and happy about learning again.
I was born in Ethiopia but have lived in the UK for many years. Up until 2017 I was always in work - first as an au pair, and then as a carer for the elderly. But I lost my job when the care home shut down unexpectedly. Back pain meant that I couldn’t go back to the same role. I spent months sofa-surfing with friends, picking up work where I could. It was never enough to pay the rent. Being referred into temporary accommodation, and the support from the staff there, made a huge difference. They gave me a room, helped me to rebuild my life, and encouraged me to pursue my dream career.
I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, practicing different styles on myself and my friends. I've been able to start the Level 2 already which is the first stage of training. With the Level 3 I'll be fully qualified, and able to do work that I love. I'm looking forward to having a great job in a salon. Maybe I will even have my own hairdressing business one day!
For personal reasons Rahel has chosen to use a pseudonym rather than her real name.Show More
Rahel is referred by Church Army, one of Beam's charity partners
Rahel's campaign begins to fund
Rahel completes Level 2 and begins her Level 3 NVQ
Rahel finds work as a hairdresser whilst in training
Rahel completes her Level 3 to become fully qualified
Rahel finds a permanent salon position
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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.
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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