A little late for November – but I’m still back with the my Good Cause of the Month post.
As you know, every month I introduce a charity organisation on my blog in order to raise awareness for them. Since I have this fantastic platform, my blog, I try to use it to support good causes too. This month, I’d like to introduce: BEAM
What is Beam about?
Beam is a crowdfunding platform helps homeless brits train for work. Tech entrepreneur and founder of Beam, Alex Stephany, believes the solution is empowering those homeless people to get into skilled work. The story began when he’s met a homeless man at his local tube station and started to buy him coffees and socks. This homeless person had never hold a job – so Alex had this idea: what if he could get the skills and training to support himself.
So Beam was born out of this simple idea: people can come together and crowdfund employment training for homeless people – as homeless people obviously can’t afford to pay for those. The hope was that the model could give one person at a time the chance to leave homelessness for good.
How does it work?
More than 15 registered, UK based homelessness charities recommend people to the Beam platform. So Beam gives each member (homeless people, Beam calls them members) a case worker who helps them build a personalised career plan and supports them all the way through, straight into holding onto a stable job. The public funds (from crowdsourcing) each member’s transparent campaign budget – donations can also be split equally between every member. When the campaign funds, Beam purchases everything for the members and supports them through training and into work. When the member is settled in skilled work, every member can set up their own monthly donations – becoming the patron of the next generation of Beam members. Paying it forward and paying it back.
If you visit Beam’s page you can see each members profile with funded campaigns and their case worker. You can learn their stories and their journey to success. It’s very empowering and wonderful to read these personal stories.
Beam in numbers
A year on, Beam has helped more than 50 homeless people. But Beam is not just about donations. Beam also builds support networks for members, from the people who fund their campaigns. Today, over 300 people fund each campaign helping them to achieve employment.
90% of homeless people to have completed the model are now in stable work
12 homeless people started employment and a further 27 homeless people in training
Received over 6,000 crowdfunded donations, including 400 regular monthly donors
Successfully funded 43 campaigns, with 100% of campaigns funded on time
Did you like this post? Read another one of my Good Cause of the Month series: The date project