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.
One thing that really makes me smile is helping others. So when I'm in work, the first thing I'm looking forward to doing is donating to charities.
At the beginning of this year, when I left the restaurant I used to work in and the accommodation attached to it for a better life, things went wrong for me unexpectedly. A friend of mine helped me, and I've been staying with him since then. I've started work again over the past few months, helping to unload big lorry deliveries to make a living - but that's not what I want to be doing in the future.
Everything started to look up for me when I met my friend Hana, who told me about Beam and explained how they could help me to help myself. After meeting with Beam, I started thinking about what I enjoy - and barbering came up, because it's something I used to do and like. When you see someone smiling and happy, even after you've only slightly changed their style, it's great. But I'm not a professional, so I'm looking forward to improving my skills.
In 2 years, I imagine that my life will be fantastic because I will be doing something I enjoy. I'll be a professional barber - working with a team, chatting and having fun together, and styling people to make them look and feel good. I'll be able to take care of myself and help others who are in need.Show More
Hassko's campaign began to fund
Hassko begins his Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Barbering
Hassko completes his Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Barbering
Hassko begins full-time work as a barber
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.