On the right tracks
As a young child Tom always dreamed of working in the rail industry. But as he got older and his situation at home worsened he didn’t think it would be possible.
After his mum passed away and a breakdown in his relationship with his dad, Tom became homeless.
When he first arrived at Centrepoint, Tom was at one of the lowest points in his life. By providing Tom with a safe, warm room and with support from his key worker, Tom was able to rebuild his self-esteem. With his new found confidence, Tom applied for his first role in the rail industry as a Customer Service Assistant with Grand Central Railway. To his delight, Tom was successful and started a six month work placement with them.
Living the dream
Tom now lives interdependently and said, ‘If it wasn’t for Centrepoint and my key worker I wouldn’t have had the confidence and determination to go and actually apply for the job. But then I thought ‘what have I got to lose?!’ I applied and was offered an interview about a week later. Then two days after that I got a call saying they wanted to offer me a position. I was basically living a dream!’
‘My advice to anyone facing a difficult situation in their life is to always be looking for and at a brighter future. My life dealt out one of the worst things it could, and at a young age and now I’m living a dream. It will not seem like it now but trust me – things will improve if you keep thinking about the good things to come.’
Tom’s dream is to one day become a train driver and with Centrepoint’s help he is on track to realise his dream soon.