1. Charities suggest suitable individuals
Homeless people who may be committed and able to train and work are referred to Beam by registered charities such as 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 then 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 employment 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 the Beam platform, the individual formally becomes a "member" of Beam! After the funds have been raised, the training and any other related costs such as tools, relevant clothing or 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 aim to make the most of their new network of funders (or, as we call them, "supporters") by updating them and asking for any required help on behalf of the member.
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Once the member is in stable work, support is withdrawn at the member's request.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 want 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.