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'm looking to do this training because I want to move forward with my life. I have become drug free and wish to stay that way. The best way for me to do this is by getting work to fill my time productively. I've already done a starter course in tiling with St Mungo's and enjoyed it. I found it quite easy so I'm keen to take my skills to the next level to enable me to look for work.
I've been out of the working world for quite a few years. Way back, I was given some strong pain killers for a back injury. When my prescription was suddenly stopped, I fell into addiction. I then split up with my partner and I had to leave her house. Left with nowhere to go I became homeless. I spent a long time rough sleeping. It can be difficult to get help when you are stuck in that routine. Then I quit drugs and found myself with a lot of spare time. After over three years of living outside, I was offered a room by the street outreach team and I accepted.
I'm still at the hostel but am keen to move on as soon as possible. I feel I'm in a new stage of my life now and a steady job will help me on the road to my own place. I'm looking forward to the small things - to be paying my own bills, and having the price of a cup of coffee in my pocket for whenever I want it.Show More
Rob's campaign began to fund
Rob begins his Level 2 course in tiling
Rob completes his tiling course and starts working on his NVQ
Rob begins full-time work as a tiler
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.