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.
Cooking is my true passion. My grandpa first taught me cooking to cheer me up! He'd put on music, tell me stories from his past and we'd enjoy spending time together like this. I still cook with music on and it just brings back happy memories. One of my goals is to save up and take my daughter to Paris - the world's food capital!
Like many young girls from Gambia, I am a victim of female genital mutilation (FGM). When I lost my sister due to FGM, I became very upset. I had so many questions, but I never got any answers. I was told that as a girl, I had no right to question the elders’ actions. Following that, I received a lot of ill-treatment from the community and could no longer safely stay there.
I was lucky to have an understanding grandpa, who helped me to leave the country. I arrived in the UK as an asylum seeker and recently acquired my refugee status. My daughter and I have now been placed in emergency accommodation.
We don't have a kitchen there at moment, and my daughter doesn't want to eat takeaways. She’s used to my professionally prepared food! I worked as a sous-chef in a hotel before and really enjoyed it. Through Beam, I want to fulfil my dream of becoming a professional chef.
I’d like to start a new, better life for me and my child. I want to be able to pay for everything that she needs and have a house of our own.
Due to the member's personal history, we've kept this profile anonymous and are using a pseudonym.Show More
Hadi's campaign began to fund
Hadi begins her professional cookery course
Hadi completes her professional cookery course
Hadi starts work as a chef
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.
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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.