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.
My main motivation is to be a better person. I've made poor decisions in the past, but now I want to change my life around and be successful in a career that I enjoy.
I first became homeless after my parents emigrated, and I wasn't financially able to keep my tenancy. I had nowhere to go, and didn't realise that I could get help with my housing, so I stayed with friends for a while. I spent some time in prison and, when I came out, I had nowhere to go again.
Improvements came when I engaged with a church in London - they offered me a temporary roof over my head and support with the things I wanted to do.
I've done driving work before, and have always enjoyed it. I like the freedom that a driving job entails, and I enjoy being responsible for the items that I'm carrying. I've been inspired to do better in the field after watching TV shows about lorry driving and speaking to other drivers. They've encouraged me to get a lorry licence and told me that there will always be work when you have one.
So this training will be a great next step! I'm looking forward to knowing more about the techniques of driving such a large vehicle - I believe it will be a challenge I'll really like. And it will help me to achieve my goal of having a stable job with a stable income.
In two years, I hope to be a more accomplished lorry driver, to be able to go and visit other countries - and to have a home of my own.
For personal reasons, Carter has chosen to use a pseudonym rather than his real name.Show More
Carter's campaign began to fund
Carter begins his lorry driver training
Carter completes his training and gains his HGV and CPC licences
Carter begins full-time work as a lorry driver
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.