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.
I know I want to better myself. I have my son, so I want to be a the best role model I can be for him. That pushed me to start looking for training and new opportunities. St Mungo’s gave me that chance, and just one person believing in me was the start of good things to come. Last year, I started a 3 month taster course learning a mix of skills, like bricklaying, plastering and dry-lining. I was good at it and especially enjoyed the bricklaying. I know I enjoy it, it's a good career and I would love to do it as a job for life.
With my housing situation, I have been in rent arrears for 5 years now. A few weeks ago, I received a notice of eviction and am now at risk of becoming homeless. I am currently in a 2-bed flat, that I used to share with my partner and son. I've been living in the flat alone, and so, when the bedroom tax was introduced, I couldn’t keep up with my rent payments. I’m keen to change housing, but I have to clear my arrears first, which has been really difficult with my current income. At the moment, I am just doing all I can to try and avoid getting evicted.
I’m really looking forward to getting back into full-time work and earning good money. I can't wait to get started. The plan is to get qualified and hopefully start working as a bricklayer in the very near future!
Calvin is working with Beam as he is at risk of homelessness.Show More
Calvin's campaign began to fund
Calvin begins his Level 2 Bricklaying course
Calvin completes his Level 2 Bricklaying course
Calvin starts full-time work and building his portfolio to achieve the full NVQ award
Calvin receives the full NVQ Level 2 Bricklaying qualification
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.