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've always been a motivated person. I never planned to be in the situation I'm in. I wanted more for my family. When my son was born I had to leave my work. I was living with my mum but without my wages she couldn't afford the rent alone. She moved to a smaller flat and there wasn't room for us all. I had to go into emergency accommodation for 2 years. It was horrible. It didn't feel safe and we were moved from place to place.
Luckily I was then given a two year contract for a housing charity flat. We've been able to settle in. My son is doing well at school and my daughter has started nursery. This gives me the perfect opportunity to start learning and focus on getting into work. I started researching different industries. I wanted something I could thrive in.
So I chose plumbing! There's demand for women plumbers as lots of people want women working in their houses. Some of my friends were a bit surprised when they heard. Maybe some people still think it's just a job for men. But I don't mind getting my hands dirty and I believe I have what it takes.
My dream is to rent my own place and not have to keep moving around. I'd love to make it into a beautiful family home. When I heard about Beam I thought this is my chance to turn my life around and become someone - the role model to my children I've always wanted to be.
Due to the member's personal history, we've kept this profile anonymous by using a pseudonym and no identifying photo.Show More
Emily's campaign began to fund
Emily begins her plumbing course
Emily completes her plumbing course and gains her Level 2 diploma
Emily finds work as a qualified plumber
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.