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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.

Tuesday, 16th June 2015

We work with some of the most socially & financially excluded people in our Country, people who have made the positive decision to start their own business at a time of often deep personal crisis. Last year our services team worked with over 2200 Big Issue Vendors, achieving over 27,000 service contacts & more than 5800 positive outcomes, a record breaking year of achievements for Big Issue Vendors. The average fully cost recovered price per outcome fell to just £150, representing exceptional value for money in an increasingly complex environment.

Each step that each vendor takes in their journey away from homelessness represents a huge achievement. Here are some highlights from our frontline team from last year.

Tuesday, 16th June 2015

This week is ‘Small Charity Week’. The week celebrates and raises awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charity sector who make an invaluable contribution to the lives of millions of individuals, communities and causes across the UK and the rest of the world.

The week is organised by the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI), who with the support of partner organisations ensure the work of small charities is recognised and celebrated.

Saturday, 13th June 2015

This Saturday, 13th June, The Big Noise festival kicks off again, in aid of The Big Issue Foundation.

The Big Noise was set up in 2013 to promote awareness of homelessness and related social issues, whilst raising funds for the Foundation. This year, the festival expands into Elephant and Castle’s The Coronet; and is spread over a selection of spaces which have been transformed by the festival’s design team.

Friday, 12th June 2015

On the 4th of June we celebrated with Hackney’s Big Issue Vendor Kevin Headley, as he graduated as one of Groundswell's 'Homeless Health Peer Advocates'. Kevin is now qualified to help people who are homeless access appropriate healthcare.

Graduation is a proud moment for any student; it is a time of completion, of finishing, of an ending but also a time of celebration of achievement and a beginning.

Friday, 12th June 2015

We’re really excited for The Big Noise Festival tomorrow evening at The Coronet. After months of hard work by a group of dedicated volunteers, tomorrow will see a great line up of musicians, artists, actors, poets and DJs taking to the stage to raise money for The Big Issue Foundation.

Thursday, 11th June 2015

On Wednesday 3rd June an audience of UCL students, literary types and seekers of free wine converged on a large tent in the UCL front quad. They came for an evening of spoken word and poetry in aid of The Big Issue Foundation and its arts and music offshoot, The Big Noise Festival. In the space of a few hours, a crack team of UCL Writer’s Society members and a lone Big Noise wolf (me) had managed to turn an event tent resembling a place where one procures cut-price timeshares on the Algarve to an accommodating venue replete with colourful flyers, cookies and Sainsbury’s own brand alcohol. Quite the turnaround.

Monday, 8th June 2015

I came to London last year, in the summer, after I lost a job on the south coast. I had been working in a restaurant in the Butlin’s resort in Bognor Regis but they had to let some of the front-of-house people like me go, unfortunately.

So I decided to come to London and start again. I knew a couple of people here, I always liked coming to the city, and I thought the job prospects would be better. But the first six months were tough. I had to sleep rough for a time, which wasn’t easy and certainly wears you down.

About seven months ago I went to The Big Issue office and got myself registered to sell the magazine. My pitch was at Angel and it wasn’t easy at first but I soon got into the swing of it. The Big Issue staff were great, helped me out with a few things, and I started to realise selling the magazine really suited me.

Wednesday, 27th May 2015

Bean Stocks has been working with The Big Issue for several years, initially as a vendor and then as a vendor co-ordinator, selling magazines to other vendors and assisting new vendors at our distribution point in Victoria.

After living in Spain for a number of years and with the tenancy on his flat coming to an end he returned to the UK without anywhere to live and a serious lack of funds. He was previously aware of the Big Issue and decided to start selling it to fund accommodation costs and to make a legitimate income.

Thursday, 21st May 2015

We live in an odd society: if you want to give concrete help to people suffering from, say, cancer, it makes perfect sense to go to Peru and ramble among Inca ruins in the mountains, to swim the Channel, grow a moustache or sit in a bath of cold baked beans. It is generally considered obtuse and eccentric to question these and other ostensibly irrelevant and clearly insane activities like jumping out of airplanes or cycling across Vietnam because (drum roll) they raise money and money is, in this society, where it's at.

Monday, 11th May 2015

If you’re thinking about getting a challenge to train for this year, then our London to Amsterdam ride could well be it!

We’re offering half price registration for the event, until Sunday 31st May. If it’s something you’d enjoy then now is the time! Sign up to join us and enjoy the £50 saving, why delay?!

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