New scheme in Fareham will allow residents to donate to help the homeless into jobs

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HOMELESS people in Fareham are set to benefit from a new online fundraising platform to help them get a foothold on the way to holding down a job and a home.

Fareham Borough Council has signed a contract with Beam, a technology-led service that can match homeless people with jobs and homes with the touch of a smartphone.

Residents in the borough can use the platform to donate money to people who are, or who are at risk of being homeless.

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The money can be spent on items that can be a financial obstacle for starting work or moving into a new home such as childcare, travel costs or a rental deposit. Beam says that everyone reaches their fundraising target within an average of 16 days.

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As well as providing financial support, Beam can help homeless people with CV writing, job interview skills and online job applications.

Seb Barker, co-founder and chief operating officer of Beam, said: ‘Beam is using technology to empower the most disadvantaged people in our society, by giving them an online support network and all the tools they need to accelerate their journey into stable work or housing.

‘We look forward to working with local employers in Fareham Borough Council who want to play their part in improving social mobility and hiring overlooked talent to fill skills shortages.’

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The decision to approve a year-long contract with Beam was made in an executive meeting on September 5.

Councillor Connie Hockley introduced the item, and said: ‘This is officers thinking outside the box and coming up with something really amazing.

'Hopefully, if it’s successful in this first year, long may it continue.’

Councillor Joanne Bull added: ‘I think prevention and intervention is positive and I'm excited to see its success in 12 months' time.’

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The scheme will initially support 10 homeless people living in Fareham over the 12-month period.

Residents can be referred to Beam through the councils’ housing teams as well as other council services - each person is assigned a caseworker from Beam who supports them through the process.

People who donate to the beneficiaries can also send a messages of encouragement, becoming part of their support network.

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