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 like making customers happy by creating and building things for them. Seeing their faces when they're happy with the job I have done - this is the best thing of all.
I became homeless in October 2018, after I lost my job. I got help from a south London-based Church at the time, who got me in contact with the StreetLink outreach team. From there, I was referred to St Mungo's, and I'm keen to keep moving forward.
I've been interested in construction since I left school, and have done some bricklaying before. So I'm excited to learn the trade properly, and to meet new people. I also have years of experience as a carpenter (as pictured below!) - so training in bricklaying will let me combine the two trades fully, giving me more opportunities. Having another skill opens doors.
Then, I'm looking forward to getting back to work - to having some money, and getting back my self esteem. When you walk away from something you've built, come back, and see what you've done - you think, wow, did I do that? You amaze yourself.
And in two years, I will be well on my feet, doing a job I am happy with and taking my kids on holidays. I'll be getting my life back on track.Show More
Francis's campaign began to fund
Francis begins his Level 2 Bricklaying course
Francis completes his Level 2 Bricklaying course
Francis starts work and building his portfolio to achieve the full NVQ award
Francis 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.