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.
Three years ago, I was working as a doctor in my home country. I was training to become a specialist in orthopaedics. This is everything to do with bones, joints and muscles. There is a big need for this where I am from. Many people are suffering from accidents. A lack of training in this area means they can't always get good treatment. So it was important work and I loved doing it. My dream (which I still have) was to establish a centre to help amputees.
However conflict in my area meant that it became unsafe for me. I was arrested by the government and accused of treating people from the militia. I came to the UK as a refugee. This meant leaving behind my family and my wife.
Last December, I was granted asylum and received my residence card. I was safe from violence but I couldn't work in my profession and was left homeless. Thankfully, with the support of the West London Mission, I now have somewhere to stay. I can start moving forward.
I couldn't finish my specialist training when I should have. I want to get back there. After I finish these exams, everything will change. I can get back to practicing medicine. This will let me make money, settle in the community here, and be reunited with my wife. Here in the UK, I feel free - like I can do anything.
For personal reasons Fadega has chosen to use a pseudonym rather than his real name.Show More
Fadega's campaign began to fund
Fadega starts his language and professional skills training
Fadega sits his language and professional skills exams
Fadega registers with the General Medical Council
Fadega begins work as a doctor in the UK
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.