Stephen's campaign has fully funded! 🎉 A Beam employee is now supporting him on his journey through training and into work as a plant operator.
But other Beam members need your help. Support the greatest number of homeless people to train up and get into work by giving monthly.
Ever wondered how the newspaper gets to you? It used to be my job to know. At 17, I worked full-time in a printing factory in Ireland. I used to do all sorts; organising the daily dispatch, fixing the equipment when it broke, topping up the ink. But a few years later, they upgraded the machines. It turned out the newer models needed less manpower. I ended up redundant and moving to London.
Since moving all those years ago, I’ve struggled to find permanent work. Issues with addiction and a relationship breakdown left me homeless a few years back and this time last year I still lived in a hostel.
So what changed?
Last July, my housing support worker referred me to Beam. I wanted to work in construction but at that point hadn’t stopped using drugs. We all agreed I needed to look at this first. With the support of some amazing people - including my kids - I’ve been clean for nearly 6 months now and recently moved into my own flat! Now I’m raring to get back to work.
Running the plant vehicles on construction sites is a trade I have some experience in. But I need to complete two courses to get the confidence and skills to take that final step back into the workplace.
With your help, I’ll be building a better future for me and my family.Show More
Stephen is referred by Western Lodge, one of Beam's partners
Stephen's campaign begins to fund
Stephen's campaign fully funds
Stephen completes his 360 Excavator and Streetworks courses
Stephen starts full-time work as a construction plant operator
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.