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 inspired me to go into plumbing was a documentary I saw on TV. It was about Britain's richest plumber who grew up in South London. I could relate to him. He came from a poor background but had the skills and always stayed motivated. When I was younger, I got caught up in some bad decisions. Now I can see that it's possible to achieve things a different way.
I became homeless last year after being released from prison. I had no money and nowhere to live. It's been very rocky. The one thing I'd say is no matter what struggle you are going through, never give up! With the right intentions, it will always turn out good in the end.
Things started to go better for me when I got a roof over my head. Thanks to the help of St Mungo's, I'm living in a hostel. My main goal is to complete this course and go straight into employment. I've always been good at fixing things, helping out my mum with the pipes and sinks. So I know that I can do well in plumbing.
In two years time I want to be living in my own flat with my girlfriend. I'd love the chance to travel - see more of the world! Eventually I want to register myself as self-employed and manage my own plumbing business. I would like to employ the new generation. Help keep them off the streets and keep them safe.Show More
Joe's campaign began to fund
Joe began his plumbing diploma
Joe finishes his plumbing diploma
Joe finds full-time work as a plumber
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.