The week commencing 23rd March is not a normal week for The Big Issue Foundation! We’re taking part in what we hope will be an exciting project that could open up all sorts of opportunities for Big Issue vendors or people who are homeless more broadly. As part of Advertising Week Europe we’ve been involved in an initiative led by MindShare as they hack issues around homelessness.
Here you can read all the latest fundraising and charity news from The Big Issue Foundation, keeping you up to date with our charity work to help people who are homeless across the UK. Whether it’s a message from our CEO, or the voice of someone that actually spent time sleeping rough on the streets, here you can read all the latest from The Big Issue Foundation.
We run a wide range of charity events throughout the year, so here is the best place to keep up with the progress and funds that have been raised for the less fortunate in the UK. If you are considering volunteering for The Big Issue Foundation, then here you can also see some of the ways that people have raised money in the past to get people off the streets.
Stories from those who have been unfortunate enough to live on the street are also posted here, helping to give you an insight into the difficulties that our Big Issue vendors are faced with every day.
If you are inspired by any of the stories found here, why not donate to The Big Issue Foundation today? There is a range of ways that your money can be used to help those who are homeless across the UK take control of their lives.
James Fairweather is the Chief Executive of Big Issue Invest. A team of employees from Invest, the social investment arm of The Big Issue, took part in The Big London Night Walk, however James was not able to join them as he was in Scotland on Friday 6th March. Showing great support for the cause, James went the extra mile, or should that be the extra 13.5 miles and organised a walk with his friends in Scotland and raised over £950 to support the work of The Big Issue Foundation.
Growing up in Central London I can't remember a time when I didn't see 'Big Issue' vendors out on the streets selling their magazines. It just seemed to me to be a normal fixture of what was going on in every day life in the City. Like seeing a road sweeper, market stall trader, black cab or indeed a homeless person.
As a kid I was confused by it and would wonder how homeless people came across this magazine to sell? Were piles of magazines just dumped somewhere free of charge at a designated time and place only homeless people knew about? I didn't really have a clue. Nobody really explained it. (The magazine is not free; vendors have to buy the magazines before they sell them on for a profit).
The Big Issue Foundation is proud to be involved in the Homes for Britain campaign, as one of nearly 300 organisations from across the housing sector speaking with one voice. The main campaign message is a simple one, calling on political parties to commit to ending the housing crisis within the next 25 years.
Friday 6th March was a special night. Over 350 people gathered at Freshfields, just off Fleet Street in London for the start of the Big London Night Walk 2015. Walkers and volunteers, Big Issue Foundation staff, Big Issue vendors, journalists, film crews and the wonderful James & Street Cat Bob were there as the excitement started to build in advance of the 20km walk. Take a look at the photo gallery from the night.
Registration opened 15 minutes early when individuals and teams were welcomed in to take advantage of the refreshments that Freshfields had laid on for the event. There was music, the film “The truth about Stanley” playing in the auditorium and a great team of volunteers mingling and making sure everyone had their walk jacket and was enjoying the build up.
It’s been a long year for me with some highs and lows the high was starting my social enterprise ‘Duff Cooks’ and the lows the death of my father.
I started ‘Duffcook’s as a means to give something back. It is a social enterprise that will help the homeless and long term unemployed learn how to cook the basics and how to eat to feel good .The idea is a simple one, I offer an at home catering service and monies earned through this help me to teach people to cook. So far I have run several drop-in sessions with the help of DHI Project which have proved popular but I want to expand on that to reach out to more people and set up a more established work shop.
The curtain lifted on the 15th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards last night, taking over from the Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre on the production’s night off at the theatre. The stage was filled with the West End’s elite as the awards shine a light on the stars, the directors and the producers of the fantastic shows filling the theatres in the West End and across the UK.
Big Issue vendors are normally not allowed to sell the magazines in pairs, but on Thursday 29th January an exception was made! Selling in the Deli at Northern Trust, a bank in Canary Wharf, Ron was handing over the corporate placement that he has worked on for 13 months to George. It’s time for another vendor to benefit from the great opportunity that this one day a week corporate placement brings.
Ron was the first in-house vendor at the bank, and he admits “I was nervous on my first day, I didn’t know what to expect.” Thanks to his reliability and friendly nature Ron has built up a strong network of support at Northern Trust, he’s got many friends and got to know his way around the building. He was therefore in the best position to provide George with a handover, introducing him to the regular customers, and showing him the ropes!
After several years in the Army Big Issue vendor Paul didn’t expect to be sleeping rough on the streets of London taking cover in the limited security of an electricity mains cupboard!
Our Service Broker Matt visited him on his pitch when he first started to sell The Big Issue. He connected Paul to a GP and went on to get him to visit our London Office and see the nurse for a flu jab.
Helen Hoff , Cover Supervisor at Ringwood School Hampshire is leading students on their 4th Night Walk for The Big Issue Foundation
I have been pretty lucky in life: did well at school, fell into a good job and am surrounded by loving family and great friends. I’ve been through my share of tough times but, when they’ve come, I’ve been blessed with incredible support both emotional and financial.