Homeless people are initially referred to Beam by a charity or local authority. Every referral and their unique history and circumstances is considered by Beam and the person that refers them. However, individuals must be:
- Legally permitted to work in the UK
- Over the age of 18
- Currently homeless, recently homeless (within the last 12 months), or at risk of homelessness
- Abstinent from alcohol, illicit substances and gambling for at least 12 weeks, for those with a history of drug, alcohol and gambling addictions
- Committed and able to train and work in their chosen career path, with regard to their mental and physical health
- Not currently in prison and no historic convictions for high level sexual or violent offences
- Not looking for funding to start their own business - Beam funds training that supports people into realistic employment
- Does not have any savings or capital worth more than £11,000
"Homeless" can mean a variety of things: from rough sleepers to "sofa surfers" to those being housed by their local authority in homeless shelters or bed and breakfasts. Most of the people we support are residents in emergency temporary accommodation such as a hostel.
"Committed to training and work" means they have been assessed and are considered to have the necessary organisational skills and drive to make the most of the training opportunities funded on Beam.