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 want to be independent, to be able to support myself. Completing this training will be the first step towards achieving my goal!
I moved to the UK just over three years ago, for my own safety. I was placed in accommodation in Manchester while my asylum application was being processed and then, once I was granted my status, I moved to London. It was after this move that I became homeless. But I received shelter with Church Army at the beginning of last year - and from this point, my life has really started to improve.
The thought of working in an office has always inspired me because it’s a busy environment, and there are so many chances to learn! So it's become my dream to work in an office as a personal assistant and my boss, in the childcare job that I am working in at the moment, has encouraged me to do further education to reach it. He's given me hope that I will find a great job once I've completed my personal assistant course. And having more knowledge around communication and computer systems will give me more confidence too.
In a couple of years, I see myself in a full time job as a personal assistant. I'll be able to look after myself without any financial support from anyone else. My dreams will have come true.Show More
Lemma's campaign began to fund
Lemma begins her Executive PA Diploma
Lemma completes her Executive PA Diploma
Lemma starts full-time work as a personal assistant
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.