One of the ways Beam helps homeless people is by co-creating a personalised budget that removes all barriers to their career goal. We then list this itemised budget on the person’s campaign page.

A budget will usually include training along with any items needed to support them into work. Some examples of these extra items can include:

  • Textbooks
  • Childcare 
  • Travel to and from training 
  • A hotel or B&B if the course is outside London
  • Specialist equipment
  • Vehicle rental  
  • Work attire
  • Or anything else needed!

When we started Beam, we always wanted it to be flexible in this way. We start by planning a career focused on someone’s passions and strengths - then use the support of the crowd to resource it. 

We define what Beam will fund as anything that significantly raises a person's employability. 

But there are some limits to this flexibility! We don’t fund training outside the UK or anything that includes prohibited areas such as firearms and weapons, pornography, tobacco, or political and religious campaigning.

One of our core values is making it happen. For this reason, although we check we’re not funding anything that’s readily available for free, we typically don’t apply to funding pots that may be very small, slow to access, or uncertain. 

Instead, we try to help people into work and out of homelessness as quickly as possible. Then, when people are stable in work, they can opt in to pay back the money at a rate of their choosing to other people using Beam. 

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