William's campaign has fully funded! 🎉 A Beam employee is now supporting him on his journey through training and into work as a handyman.
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I've spent most of my career in retail. Aged 16, I started work at one of the first McDonalds stores in the UK and rose to become Area Manager before being hired by Woolworth's. I spent 20 years there, where my specialism was sorting out underperforming stores where theft was common. I loved Woolworth's and developing my team. Then one day, my son told me that Woolworth's was on the TV. The company had gone into administration. I had to make my whole team redundant and I too lost my job.
Unfortunately, that was the start of a downward spiral. Soon after, I found out that my dad had terminal cancer and moved into his flat to look after him. After he passed, my drinking and depression got out of control. One day, my mum asked me to leave. I don't blame her but thank God our relationship is back on track.
I hit rock bottom in a hostel but I didn't want my life to end this way. I felt I did not deserve any love but one night, I prayed. That was 4 months ago, and since then I haven't touched a drop. After specialist treatment, I’m now in an alcohol-free hostel for recovering alcoholics. All this feels odd to me. Most of my life has been "normal" and I can’t wait to get back to the "real" world.
I’ve always enjoyed DIY. I've successfully completed a decorating course at a charity and done tiling and other odd jobs for my Mum. After I get my qualification, I want to help others by practically fixing problems in their lives and offering a great service, ideally at a housing association or other communal organisation. I feel this is the best way I can help to give back to others after receiving help from so many during the toughest period of my life.Show More
William is referred by Thames Reach, one of Beam's partners
William's campaign begins to fund
William's campaign fully funds
William begins his multi-skills handyman diploma
William completes his plumbing course.
William completes his tiling course
William completes his carpentry course
William gains his full multi-skills diploma providing a crucial qualification in becoming a handyman and begins work
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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We work hard to ensure that you can give confidently.
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.