Help a homeless person to train up and get into work


Tony used Beam to become a trained electrician

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Welcome to Beam

Homelessness in the UK is out of control.
Over 8,000 people are sleeping on the streets.
Over 200,000 "hidden homeless" people live in temporary accommodation like hostels.
Beam crowdfunds employment training for homeless people (members), helping them to progress towards stable, paid work.
Meet the very first Beam members

How Beam works

Charities suggest members

Each person on Beam (or "member" as we call them) has shown the potential to succeed in training and work and been recommended to us by a registered homelessness charity.

Stmungos Thamesreach Kairos Shp
Plan training

A Beam employee meets the member. Together, they match employment training to the member's unique talents and experience.

Raise funding

Beam helps the member prepare an online fundraising campaign for their employment training. And that's where you come in.

Ongoing support from Beam

During the campaign and all the way through training and into work, a Beam "Member Manager" supports the member.

Member help member

Once a member is in stable, paid work, they provide mentorship to new Beam members. Members usually pledge to repay the value of their campaign to future Beam members.

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Give well. See the impact.

Partnered with the experts

Beam works hand-in-hand with the experts: many of the UK's largest and most respected homelessness charities.

Best-in-class training

Training is provided by verified tuition providers. It leads to qualifications that are valued by today's employers.

Give responsibly

Beam holds your donation securely on a member's behalf, before paying the tuition provider directly. Beam never hands out cash to members.

Give transparently

On each member's campaign, read the campaign budget and know exactly where your donation will go.

See your impact

Receive email updates on the member you support, following their progress through training and into work.

2 ways to give

1. Give once

Donate to an individual Beam member. Or make a donation that is divided equally between every live campaign.

2. Give monthly

Donate once a month and your donation will be divided equally between every member with a live campaign.

Help change the life of every Beam member from £10 a month. That's about the price of 1 ☕ /week. Or just 33p /day.

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Safety first

Privacy for supporters

When you donate to a campaign, members do not receive any information about you - unless you write them a message of support!

Safe funding campaigns

Beam puts careful limits on the personal information a member shows on their campaign. Photos are real, but members can change their names.

Trained staff

Beam's operational team has experience in the homelessness sector and safety training to support our members.

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Meet the very first Beam members
"Beam have been incredibly supportive and I couldn't believe that my campaign funded in less than a week. Thanks Beam!"
Joe, Beam member
"Beam offers a wonderful opportunity for the public to engage directly with people supported by Thames Reach in a personal way, practically helping them in their progression away from homelessness."
Jeremy Swain, CEO, Thames Reach
"Beam is one of the most promising digital innovations in homelessness we’ve come across in recent years. Beam has the potential to bring huge benefits to the homeless community."
Matt Harrison, Director, Social Enterprise, Homeless Link
"I support Beam members because I like seeing where my money goes and knowing it'll help someone on the road to employment."
Sophie McKechnie, Beam supporter
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