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 always knew what I wanted to be. Even now, staying in a night shelter and studying in libraries, I'm working as hard as I can to get back to the job I love.
My father was a doctor and he inspired me. I couldn't go to university straight after school because he was unwell. After he passed away, I studied hard for the entrance exam for medicine. I got the highest score of any applicant that year. I completed my degree and worked as a doctor for 5 years in my home country.
Yet outside of the hospital, things were growing serious. Some political incidents with the government made me feel unsafe. I went to stay with a friend in a neighbouring country. I realised I couldn't return home. The government would arrest me and I was scared of being harmed. In April 2018, I arrived in the UK as a political refugee.
Though I'm fully qualified, I can't work as a doctor straight away. There is language training, professional exams, a whole verification process. This is difficult to achieve when you are homeless. Since moving to the shelter, I've been trying to study by myself. My English is improving fast but it's hard to do it all alone. I thought it would take me years. Everything seemed blocked.
Now finally with Beam, hope is coming. Taking these courses and tests means I'm able to register with the General Medical Council. I'm determined to complete this as soon as possible. When I'm back in work, I'd like to complete my speciality in dermatology. Thinking about my career is the biggest motivator in my life. I want to achieve my dreams.
Due to Ruby's personal history, we're using a pseudonym for her campaign.Show More
Ruby's campaign began to fund
Ruby starts her language and professional skills training
Ruby sits her language and professional skills exams
Ruby registers with the General Medical Council
Ruby begins work as a doctor in the UK
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.