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Ruth

TARGET CAREER: CARPENTER
Caseworker:
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Progress

54%
£2,546
raised
£4,635
target
488
supporters
Help Ruth become a carpenter

Story
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My kids are the focus of every decision I make. This has helped me through some difficult times. A few years ago I was living with a controlling partner who was in trouble with the police and created an unsafe home for my children. I chose to leave but in doing so lost my job and our home. My children were taken into care and I struggled to see how I could go on.

A huge turning point for me was winning the case to get my kids back. But I still have challenges to overcome. I can't go back to my previous job and have few qualifications. Training options for a single mum are limited so I've become stuck in low paid work. This means relying on benefits and living in temporary accommodation.

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Now, through Beam, my goal is to retrain as a carpenter. There's such huge range of what you can do with it. I’ve always been a hands-on person and am already getting creative with a wood carving course at college. That's one of my creations above. With your support I can move forward - learn a trade, find better paid work and provide for my family. I feel like a child at Christmas. I'm so excited!

Due to the member's personal history, we've kept this profile anonymous by using a pseudonym.

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  • Journey

    June 2018

    Ruth is referred by Working Chance, one of Beam's charity partners

    July 2018

    Ruth's campaign begins to fund

    Oct 2018

    Ruth begins her part-time NVQ course

    Aug 2019

    Ruth completes her course and becomes a qualified carpenter

    Oct 2019

    Ruth goes into work as a full-time carpenter

    Budget
    Qualification

    NVQ L2 in Carpentry & Joinery
    £3,695
    Carpentry toolkit
    £300
    Travel to training
    £220
    Contingency*
    £420
    Total
    £4,635
    * Each campaign raises approximately 10% extra towards a pooled contingency fund used to cover any extra costs involved in a member's journey.

    Progress

    54%
    £2,546
    raised
    £4,635
    target
    488
    supporters
    Help Ruth become a carpenter

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