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.

Tuesday, 15th April 2014

Success in the face of adversity is something that we can all relate to; overcoming the obstacles and barriers that are thrown at us and that we create for ourselves is one of life’s biggest challenges. Somewhere to call ‘home’, things to love and things to aim for can help us all move forward in our lives’; to build a little resilience and make a brighter future.

We seek to help our vendors turn their livelihoods’’ into fulfilling lives. Our approach is based on knowledge, experience and clear objectives. A ‘business-like’ approach is the only way we can manage to ensure that we make the best use of all our resources.

Tuesday, 15th April 2014

OWEN BAILY, 31, became homeless when he returned to the UK penniless after travelling in Holland. He moved to Canterbury and sold The Big Issue in the town in 2005 and 2006. Owen struggled with an addiction to Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) – digital roulette games which can swallow up £100 with every spin - found in the high street bookmakers. He now campaigns for better regulation of FOBTs in the betting industry.

Tuesday, 15th April 2014

My name is Lynne and 13 years ago I had a nervous breakdown.  My son was 2 years old and my relationship with my partner broke down and I had to leave the family home.

I ended up on the streets of Birmingham sleeping under the canal and in doorways.  I started drinking really heavily  - this was the height of my depression.

Friday, 4th April 2014

Sean Croucher - A sound installation

I started interviewing men and women that were living rough in various parts of the city in 2012.  With their permission I recorded their stories on a hand held microphone and then made a few drawings of their faces in pen and ink.  I didn’t quite know what I was hoping for but I knew that I wanted the drawings to be as stark as the encounters themselves were and the recordings to be clean.  I decided to take things further and create a sound/illustration piece that was more substantial so with the backing of the cultural place making consultancy FutureCity and The Big Issue Foundation the plan was this. To build an installation that explores what it means to be homeless in a large urban space in the 21st century - in other words - London.

Thursday, 3rd April 2014

Budding Commonwealth Games runner and ex-vendor Joel Hodgson is having an impact upon the futures of more Big Issue sellers...

The success of Joel Hodgson –  the former Big Issue seller turned Commonwealth Games hopeful and star of this week’s Big Issue cover – has helped open up opportunities for other vendors, it has been claimed.

Stephen Robertson, chief executive of The Big Issue Foundation, the charity arm of The Big Issue, has watched Joel transform himself into a glowing success from the first day he turned to The Big Issue after becoming homeless in 2009.

Thursday, 27th March 2014

Covent Garden was the place to find very tiny people yesterday - a charity hunt competition set up by Roy's People and The Big Issue Foundation

This charity hunt for 30 figures measuring less than an inch in height was a test for even the most eagle-eyed seeker.

Artist Roy Tyson (aka Roy's People), famous for creating miniature figures and a world of cheeky micro-installations, collaborated with the Big Issue Foundation on a competition to raise awareness of the untold stories from those living life on the streets.

Wednesday, 26th March 2014

“Good morning, Big Issue? “ I said loudly as the flock of pedestrians hurried by, not noticing or aware of my presence. A middle aged man stopped and asked “How did you get to selling the Big Issue? “ He asked very conscious of his direct questioning.

“ I have been an English as a foreign language teacher for many years all over the world, and in the last country I had to leave, because the language school didn’t want to pay me my whole salary. “

“Then why don’t you get yourself a teaching job here? “

“I have been very lucky to work in this profession, but unfortunately I don’t have any officially recognised qualifications.”

Friday, 21st March 2014

The exhibition will focus on street art and feature work from previous and new Big Noise artists around the theme “London restructured”. The workshop will take place on the Saturday, and will be facilitated by PINS. PINS teaches individuals the basics of Graffiti lettering, creating stencils from their work, then using them to create designs onto t-shirts, using fabric paint and various spray can techniques. Workshops participants will have the opportunity to display the work produced in the exhibition. Limited spaces available, contact to take part or for more information.

Wednesday, 5th March 2014

Last Friday night around 150 people could be seen bedding down for the night in the open air outside Pip and Jay's church in central Bristol. It was the annual Big Sleep Out with volunteers sleeping rough for one night to raise awareness and money for a range of homelessness-related charities including The Big Issue Foundation.

Wednesday, 26th February 2014

It was the night of Sunday 23 February outside the 2014 WhatsOnStage Awards at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre. Audience and celebrities had gone in; Steve and Easton, The Big Issue vendors, remained. They had stood for nearly an hour in the cold. Between them, jostled in the melee, they had sold just three magazines. In fact, Easton hadn’t sold any. Then, during a break, Rufus Hound popped out and bought a copy from… Steve. Meanwhile, inside on stage, Haydn Gwynne, winner of a Best Supporting Actress in a Play award, spoke passionately about The Big Issue and her experience selling the magazine as part of StageSwap.

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