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 enrolled myself in college and have been studying the Level 2 course in Electrical Installations since September 2018 - I feel great about it! Gaining new knowledge and an understanding in a new subject is very fulfilling.
Over the last few years, I have turned my life around. Back in 2011, I was drinking heavily, lost my home and was roaming around the streets. One day, 3 years ago, I just decided enough was enough. My own willpower has carried me through. I changed my life with work. I found a job, stuck with it, and had a place to live. All was going well until my back injury.
I had been doing stone masonry, but a back injury has put me out of work for the last 7 months. This meant I couldn’t pay my rent, and I became homeless again. I am currently sleeping in night shelters. I have been assured that my back can get better, but I know in the meantime, I need to consider my injuries and train in a new profession. I decided that I wanted to become an electrician.
I really love to learn and study, so I spend my days either at college or in the library - I love the libraries in London! With the course, I first funded it with savings, but these are now finished. I applied for hardship loans, but would have been unable to make the final payment for the Level 2, so Beam are helping me with that. I am doing very well and am excited about all aspects of the science behind electrical technologies - I hope I can continue to progress further.
For personal reasons Philip has chosen to use a pseudonym rather than his real name.Show More
Philip's campaign began to fund
Philip completes his Level 2 Diploma in Electrical Installation
Philip begins his Level 3 Diploma in Electrical Installation
Philip completes his Level 3 Diploma in Electrical Installation
Philip begins work as an electrician
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.