Beam supports homeless people through training and into rewarding work.
Each person has been referred to Beam by a homelessness organisation.
You fund their training. And we support them into work.
To those reading my story, thank you. You’re joining a very special group of people who have been incredibly kind, generous and not stopped believing in me.
When I was 16, my life was in a really bad place. I was forced into an impossible situation and did a very stupid thing. I was sentenced to 1 year in a young offenders’ detention centre. As weird as it might sound, that was one of the best life lessons I’ve ever received. After 6 months, I was fortunate enough to be only the second young person to be able to leave this centre on a daily basis, unescorted, to attend a regular school and finish my GCSEs.
It was one of my cousins who encouraged me to try electrics. At first I hated it. But I stuck at it is because I’m not a quitter and I completed my Level 2 & 3 Diplomas. Now I love it. I love fiddling with the wires and seeing something work as it should after connecting the right thing together. Becoming a gold card electrician (the final step in gaining employment as a fully-qualified electrician) is my dream.
Last month, I had another setback. My mum did not accept the fact that my girlfriend is pregnant and so she kicked me out. I’ve been sofa-surfing since. Despite all of my experiences, I’ve learnt that hard work does pay off. Just because one door closes, it doesn’t mean another door, with a better opportunity won’t pop open. Like Beam.
They’ve bought back hope that I can finally reach my dreams and I’ll be able to properly look after my daughter. As soon as I can, I want to support other young people who are going through bad things in their lives and work with them to change things for the better - just as so many others have helped me.Show More
Artur's campaign began to fund
Artur begins his 18th edition and Inspection & Testing courses
Artur passes his 18th edition and Inspection & Testing courses
Artur begins working as a semi-qualified electrician and starts his NVQ
Artur completes his NVQ award
Artur begins full-time work as a fully qualified electrician
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.
It's your money.
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.