Life can take you up to the sky or down to the ground. Ten years ago, I would never have imagined the direction my life would go in. Yet becoming homeless has also shown me how resilient I am. I can tackle whatever comes my way.
Before 2010 I took good health for granted. I didn't drink a lot or take drugs so it was a shock to fall suddenly ill and discover that my liver wasn't functioning. I was given a transplant but experienced serious complications in recovery. I had to stop working, couldn’t pay rent, and spent the next few years sleeping rough or staying with friends. Now I'm in a hostel and am able to take control of my circumstances. With all my health challenges I’m grateful that I am still able to work. For me it’s not about money. It’s about progressing from where I am now and passing what I learn onto others.
To be a great accountant you have to be organised, quick thinking, and good with numbers. These are all strengths I already have! But you also need the qualifications to show it - that is where your support comes in. I've never lost my optimism and I'm really eager to prove myself once again.
Due to personal history, this member has chosen to use a pseudonym.Show More
Jimmy is referred by a London local authority, one of Beam's partners
Jimmy's campaign begins to fund
Jimmy starts his Level 2 AAT course in accountancy
Jimmy completes his Level 2 course
Jimmy finds work as an accountant's assistant
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