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’ve got a real positive feeling about this. I’ve already got some engineering experience, but with my new skills, I have the opportunity of a new life.
When I was a kid, my dad was always working on tractors. And I was into fixing things. I find all the mechanics fascinating. As a young lad, I did a welding apprenticeship and worked as a coded fabricator for decades, but I’ve always thought about mechanics.
7 years ago, I split with my partner and slipped into a state of depression. I started to meet the wrong people. I was vulnerable and next thing I know, I'm using drugs. I could no longer make it to work and I lost my flat. What was the turning point? I went to a Christian rehab. I started to believe I could have a better life. Now, I’m free of drugs, free of alcohol and can live my life freely.
My motivation is seeing my kids. They are at an age now where it’s important I can be in their life. Being able to have holidays with them will be really nice.
I’ve visited the college and the instructors thought it was cool that I want to re-train. Hopefully, my welding experience can benefit some of the younger students too. I love trucks, so getting a job in a Heavy Goods Vehicles mechanics workshop is my goal. I feel good things are to come and I can be successful again.
For personal reasons William has chosen to use a pseudonym rather than his real name.Show More
William's campaign started to fund
William starts his Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair course
William completes his Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair course
William starts full-time work as a Mechanic
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.