- 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 their training. This includes the cost of the course, as well as any other costs that represent barriers to the their training and work aspirations.
3. Raise funding online
Once the crowdfunding campaign goes live on Beam, supporters start donating to their campaign! Campaigns take on average 31 days to fund, at an average size of £3.3k (as of 09/10/19). 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 the people we raise money for.
4. Ongoing support from Beam through training and into work
Beam's support does not stop once a person starts their training. Our Support Specialists stay in regular contact with them and make sure supporters (the people who funded their campaign) are kept up-to-date on their progress.
5. People help each other
Once a person has been in stable work for six months, support is withdrawn at their request. Then it's their turn to support new homeless men and women coming onto the platform. Usually, they opt to pay back the amount of their fundraising campaign 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.