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.
What makes me smile? A new day. That I am able to wake up, learn something new, move forward with my life. Now there are so many people that I can rely upon and look up to. My relationship with my family is the best that it’s ever been. Recovery gave me these things. So when the chance for training came up I thought, this is my time now.
I became homeless two years ago after losing my job, my savings and my home. All because of my addiction. It took over my life. I remember ending up at hospital for the fourth time, scared about whether I would live another day. I packed my bags and went into a detox centre at the hospital. This was the beginning of my journey. With the support of my family and of Phoenix Futures, I am now 17 months sober.
It was a friend who first recommended that I try out some beauty training. I used to do some massages and nails for others and I really enjoyed it. So I found a course where I could learn some professional skills. And now I love it even more! My teachers were very happy with me and I was really proud of myself.
Those courses have made me absolutely convinced that beauty is what I want to work in. With help from Beam, I can get the full Level 2 Diploma and take my Level 3 as well. The beauty industry is so huge right now. There are new opportunities coming up all the time. I'm so excited to take advantage of it all.Show More
Marzena's campaign began to fund
Marzena begins her Level 2 Facials course
Marzena begins her Level 3 diploma
Marzena completes her Level 3 course and receives her diploma
Marzena finds work as a qualified beauty therapist
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.