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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.

Saturday, 20th September 2014

The Big Issue Bath were joined by Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens for their outreach for day last week. Having given money to support the new training scheme for Big Issue volunteers through the Commissioners community Action Fund, Sue came to see the amazing things that we She chatted with vendors about their experiences of homelessness and to hear how The Big Issue and Big Issue Foundation have helped them.

The donation from the fund has helped provide training for volunteers to work with and support Big Issue vendors in the Bath area as well as helping them to refer to other services available to vendors to make sure they get the best support they can. Area Service Broker, Samantha Grief commented ‘In our office we employ two part time staff members, so for us to have six well trained volunteers, that’s quite a lot of extra resources for us.’

Wednesday, 17th September 2014

The Big Issue and The Big Issue Foundation are delighted to announce their first official pitch in a Network Rail station, launching on Friday 19th September.  The pitch will be managed differently to usual Big Issue pitches, which can be occupied by different vendors depending on their levels of sales.  The Euston pitch will be worked by one selected vendor to enable him to benefit from the support and work experience opportunities that are on offer from the Euston station team and community.

Friday, 12th September 2014

Christian’s dog, George, is his pride and joy. George and Christian have been together for years and they go everywhere together. One big problem is that George now only has 3 legs so getting to and from his Big Issue pitch where he sells every day can be really slow and painful. Christian found a great little trailer that he can attach to the back of his bike to make the journeys a lot smoother and quicker giving him more time to spend on his pitch selling The Big Issue. He applied to our Vendor Support Fund  to help pay for the trailer as it was way more than he could afford on his own. Despite not having a lot Christian was determined to pay half of the cost and won support from the Vendor Support Fund to pay for the other half.

Tuesday, 9th September 2014

The first permanent Big Issue vendor’s pitch inside a railway station will be unveiled by Network Rail and The Big Issue Foundation at Euston station on Friday 19th September. The pitch will not only support the selected vendor to earn a legitimate income, but the partnership will include activities to help support the charity’s work with the homeless and those at risk of homelessness.

The 1.5m2 spot on the station concourse will be marked with a floor vinyl similar to those used by London Underground buskers and will formalise the vendor’s presence in one of the network’s busiest stations, used by 70m people a year. In addition, Network Rail will enrol the vendor on a customer service training programme, which includes work experience at the station, and time spent shadowing and being mentored by Network Rail staff.

Friday, 29th August 2014

I am Carly, Outreach Sales worker from The Big Issue in Bournemouth. This is my Big Jump story.

We all met at the office and headed down to the airfield together; some of us more nervous than others but all very excited! Kristen, Simon and I were joined by four vendors (Josie, June, Haydn and Ron) two supporters of The Big Issue (Harriet and Tom), and even my Mum, Debbie, joined in!

Tuesday, 22nd July 2014

Last weeks Big Issue had Bob, a smiling red feline on the cover. The issue number was significant: 1111. But it was more significant in that ex Big Issue vendor James Bowen’s article with matching cover has been probably the most popular issue ever issued by The Big Issue.

In 2007, James Bowen, a recovering heroin addict, found an injured cat curled up on a step when he himself was living in sheltered accommodation. James nursed the cat back to health, only to find the cat followed him everywhere he went, even on the bus to the great amusement of fellow travellers. Bob would sit quietly on James’ shoulder or on the ground while he was selling The Big Issue in London.

Friday, 18th July 2014

In 2007, James Bowen, a recovering heroin addict, found an injured cat curled up on a step when he himself was living in sheltered accommodation. The two became inseparable and Bob and James very literally saved each other. A few years later James wrote his first book about his unique relationship with Bob, A Street Cat Named Bob, which has now gone on to be an international best-seller, selling over 3 million copies and be translated into 35 languages.

Tuesday, 8th July 2014

What we do is not rocket science. We help people right when they need it. Often with simple grants through our Vendor Support Fund that can make a big impact on the lives of our vendors. One application that was recently approved was for Mark’s new business. In his own words…

"My name is Mark. I started selling The Big Issue thirteen years ago. A friend told me about The Big Issue and suggested that I get a badge."

Friday, 4th July 2014

As the sun shone on Wednesday 2nd July Zoe Rainey and Ben Stock were relieved that their short experience of selling The Big Issue on the streets of central London would at least be in pleasant weather! They weren’t sure exactly what to expect from the other elements of their time with their vendor mentor, but I think it’s fair to say they were both surprised by how  hard work the job is, the great feeling they got from selling a magazine and the reflections they had on the people who were passing them by.

Wednesday, 2nd July 2014

My name is Josie and I am a Big Issue vendor in Bournemouth.

There was a chain of events that led to me becoming homeless, and it all started when my brother died of a heroin overdose. My Mum then took her own life, and I found myself turning to drugs for comfort. This gradually got worse, and as a result I lost my children to social services, and then consequently lost my council house as I did not meet the requirement for the house without my children. So, I found myself on the streets, with a drug problem, and in desperate need of money. No one should have to be where I was.

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