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.
I love the quote "a smile is the prettiest thing you can wear". Helping people become more confident in themselves, with their smile, will make me smile. Knowing that I have been a part of something that will improve someone else’s day, or maybe their life, will be really rewarding.
Why dental nursing? A few months ago, I first visited the dental hygienist. At the time, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. But as I was lying there, I thought this could be a really interesting job. The hygienist was so nice and I started talking to her about her work. It sounded a really good career path! After that visit, I started looking into dental nursing more and just knew it was what I wanted do!
I became homeless in the summer of 2017. I wasn't getting along with my mother. There was also a lot of drama and stress at home, and in the end, I had to leave. One year after being in temporary accommodation, things really started to improve for me. The biggest turning point came from within myself - I started to motivate myself and working more. I've become more independent. Last month, I was able to move out of the hostel and into my own place.
I have really missed learning, so am just so excited to study again! I want to learn all about our teeth and how to look after them. It will be really interesting to treat and advise patients of all ages. After finishing my dental course and starting full-time work, my plan is to study further and work my way up to become a dental hygienist at a really good practice.
Lauren is working with Beam as she was homeless within the last year. For personal reasons Lauren has chosen to use a pseudonym rather than her real name.Show More
Lauren's campaign began to fund
Lauren begins her dental nursing diploma
Lauren begins work as a trainee dental nurse
Lauren passes her exams to become a fully qualified dental nurse
Lauren starts full-time work as a dental nurse
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.