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.
Seeing the people I mentor trying to do something positive with their lives is amazing.
For me, exercise was a big part of maintaining my strong recovery. So now, I want to help other vulnerable people get fit and healthy, so it can support their recovery too.
Many years ago, my life was a complete mess. I got mixed up with the wrong crowd. I tried to get out, so I abandoned my house. I ended up living on the streets and was dealing with addiction. Life was bleak. I knew if I didn’t get help, I’d end up dead.
One day, someone handed me a recovery service leaflet. I had the leaflet for days, before finally gathering the courage to call them. Single Homeless Project (SHP) was the service. They saved my life. I’ve been clean for 4 years now. And for the last 15 months, I have been volunteering as a Peer Mentor with the same organisation - as you can probably tell, I love it! That's me on the leaflet ⬆️
Now, I'm lucky to have a new home, but I have housing debts. Having a stable job and income will allow me to clear the debts and end the eviction notices.
This new training will open so many more doors for me. Through the mentoring, I've already got my Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills. My goal now is to get a job working within the community and recovery services. I can’t wait to just work hard and be able to benefit the lives of lots of different people from lots of different backgrounds.
Jamie is working with Beam as he is at risk of homelessness For personal reasons Jamie has chosen to use a pseudonym rather than his real name.Show More
Jamie's campaign began to fund
Jamie starts his Level 2 & 3 Personal Training course
Jamie completes his Level 2 & 3 Personal Training course
Jamie starts his Exercise Referral course
Jamie completes his Exercise Referral course
Jamie starts work full-time as a Health Trainer
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.