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.
My Beam journey started when I met Ruby - another Beam member! We met at the same night shelter and she told me all about Beam and how it could help me with my career plans - here I am!
I had to leave my home country, as it was no longer safe for me to stay. I slept on the streets in a small tent for 3 months in France. And after that I went to Belgium, where I slept in the train station for 43 days. Since I came to the UK things have begun to change for the better. I was homeless for 4 weeks, when a friend told me about the West London Mission. They first put me up in a night shelter and I now live in temporary accommodation. I am really happy about that!
Now I have my right to work, I can finally get started! Why tiling? I learned plastering, tiling and bricklaying from a friend at home and started working in the field. As a refugee on my journey to the UK my construction skills were really useful and I worked whenever possible.
I’m so excited about starting my new qualification as I love learning new things, like English! The TV show, Mrs Brown’s Boys has been one of the main ways I’ve been able to improve my English - it’s so funny too!
I’m determined to make my life better. When I picture my future, I see myself having a family and being able to really look after them. Being able to own a car and my own home will be very special.Show More
Sanosi's campaign began to fund
Sanosi begins his tiling course
Sanosi completes his tiling course
Sanosi 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.