Ever wondered how the newspaper gets to you? It used to be my job to know. At 17, I worked full-time in a printing factory in Ireland. I used to do all sorts; organising the daily dispatch, fixing the equipment when it broke, topping up the ink. But a few years later, they upgraded the machines. It turned out the newer models needed less manpower. I ended up redundant and moving to London.
Since moving all those years ago, I’ve struggled to find permanent work. Issues with addiction and a relationship breakdown left me homeless a few years back and this time last year I still lived in a hostel.
So what changed?
Last July, my housing support worker referred me to Beam. I wanted to work in construction but at that point hadn’t stopped using drugs. We all agreed I needed to look at this first. With the support of some amazing people - including my kids - I’ve been clean for nearly 6 months now and recently moved into my own flat! Now I’m raring to get back to work.
Running the plant vehicles on construction sites is a trade I have some experience in. But I need to complete two courses to get the confidence and skills to take that final step back into the workplace.
With your help, I’ll be building a better future for me and my family.
I'd like to thank everyone for their support and generosity. Every week I'm getting closer to my training and to getting back to work and being a productive member of society. 💪
Thank you everyone!
I have started going to the gym a lot recently. 🏋️ I am trying to improve my physical health which will also improve my mental health and wellbeing, so I am well prepared for my training course and getting back to work. 👷
Thank you for all your support so far!
If it wasn’t for Beam I'd still be out there doing things I shouldn't be doing, in places I shouldn't be and with people I shouldn't be with.
Beam was my turning point. 100%.
I was probably one of the first ones that came to Beam. They approached me 9 months before the launch in the hostel I lived in. I said I was interested. I was clean at the time but I relapsed when I left the hostel.
I did tell Seb I had started smoking cannabis again and he said I couldn't do plant operating while using.
Seb told me to get in touch with the drug and alcohol services which I did and I went to a support group. I got a new sponsor and I stopped using! 6 months ago! This is the first time I have been clean for this long.
I did it because I wanted to be part of Beam. It was holding me back for years. And now I'm here!
Thanks for your help. It will go a long way to help me to build a better life for me and my family's future.
Stephen is referred by Western Lodge, one of Beam's partners
Stephen's campaign begins to fund
Stephen's campaign fully funds
Stephen completes his 360 Excavator and Streetworks courses
Stephen starts full-time work as a construction plant operator
The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is the partner in the Sector Skills Council for the construction industry in England, Scotland and Wales. They work with the construction industry to regulate training, which helps build a safe, professional and fully-qualified workforce.
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