1. Charities suggest suitable individuals
Homeless people who are ready to train and work are referred to Beam by registered charities such as Shelter, St Mungo's, Thames Reach and The House of St Barnabas. These referrals are made according to some basic criteria such as the individual being 18 or over, having the legal right to work in the UK and being homeless, recently homeless or at risk of homelessness.
2. Plan personalised training
Once referred, the individual meets an employee of Beam who considers their suitability for the platform. If the referring charity, Beam and most importantly the individual themselves wish to proceed, Beam prepares a fundraising campaign for the member's training and any other costs that represent barriers to the member's training and work aspirations.
3. Raise funding online
Once the crowdfunding campaign goes live on Beam, people start donating to their campaign and the individual becomes a "member" of Beam! Campaigns take on average 43 days to fund, at an average size of £3.3k (as at 23/01/19). After the funds have been raised, the training and any other related costs like tools, transport and even childcare are purchased directly by Beam. Cash is never passed to members.
4. Ongoing support from Beam through training and into work
Beam's support for the member does not stop once the member starts their training. We stay in regular contact with the member and keep the people who funded them (or, as we call them, "supporters") up-to-date on their progress.
5. Members help each other
Once the member is in stable work, support is withdrawn at the member's request. Then it's the member's turn to support newer Beam members coming through Beam. Usually, members opt to pay the amount of their fundraising campaign to new Beam members' campaigns in the form of an ongoing monthly donation, just like you can as a supporter.
This is the Beam model: a journey that hopes to take a vulnerable but determined homeless person all the way through training and into work and - ultimately - the chance to mentor and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.