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.
When I was a lorry driver in Romania I loved traveling to different parts of the country and knowing the roads like the back of my hand. I like the independence of being on the open road and the responsibility of delivering things people need. I was attracted to lorry driving in the first place because it's a solid career and the most important thing to me is being able to support my family.
I came to the UK as I wanted to give my wife and children a better life. It was very hard when I first arrived as my driving qualifications weren’t recognised and I didn’t have enough money to do more training. My English wasn’t as good as it is now and I struggled to find a job. Eventually, I found myself sofa surfing and then living in a temporary hostel. It wasn’t how I had imagined my life here at all.
Work has always been important to me so I made an effort to make some connections and started to work part time as a street cleaner. Although my goal was to return to lorry driving, I was grateful that I finally had a small income and got some confidence back. When the staff in my hostel told me about Beam I couldn’t believe it. I now have something to be excited about!
I want my kids to be proud of me and to give them the best start possible. The missing piece of my puzzle has always been the extra training I need so this opportunity will make things complete. I can’t wait to get back on the road again!Show More
George's campaign began to fund
George begins his lorry driver training
George completes his training and gains his CPC licence
George 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.