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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.

Monday, 17th November 2014

London vendor Mo is the most recent vendor to benefit from our Vendor Support Fund. The fund aims to give a small hand up to vendors who have a specific objective in mind.

Mo is set to trade his Big Issue tabard for a High Vis tradesman’s jacket and move on from The Big Issue after qualifying with City & Guilds and NVQ courses in carpentry. Mo also gained work experience as a handyman between 2000 and 2006 and will be using his new qualifications and previous skills to become a self employed carpenter and handyman.

Wednesday, 12th November 2014

Big Issue vendors André’s take on The Big Red Party

Pieces by three popular contemporary artists, along with a photograph of a cat, were sold in an auction hosted by well-known author and editor Josh Spero at The Big Issue Foundation’s Big Red Party, on the evening of 23 October. The event was hosted by actor Simon Callow and the chief speaker was businesswoman and former Big Issue vendor Sam (resplendent in a red dress). World famous author James Bowen signed copies of his latest book: “A Gift from Bob”. The evening was made possible by generous support from Storm Capital Management.

Wednesday, 12th November 2014

How a homeless artist’s decision to avoid begging paid off – and he is now raising thousands of pounds for The Big Issue Foundation via his art.

Monday, 10th November 2014

WE ALL STRUGGLE to make the changes in our lives that will help us to move forward. That change is often only possible because we make our minds up to do something and there is someone there to see it through with us.

For former Big Issue vendor James Bowen that someone was a cat… a cat he named Bob: "The day I met Bob my life changed forever. I was no longer invisible. People not only stopped and bought a copy of The Big Issue from me but often stopped to talk to me," says James.

Friday, 7th November 2014

We’re delighted to announce the launch of The Big London Night Walk 2015! You can register now to join us and walk the streets to support our vendors in March next year.

The event will bring up to 400 people together to walk the 20km route and raise funds for The Big Issue Foundation. This is the fifth time we’ve held the event, and we’re expecting the event to fill up fast as we had hugely positive reviews of the last event. 100% of the people who took part rated the event as an “amazing experience” or “a lot of fun”, and we’d love you to be part of the fun this year!

Friday, 7th November 2014

If you spot your London vendor sporting a scarf to rival Tom Baker’s, it may well be thanks to Sam, The Big Issue coordinator at Covent Garden who organised her own Knitathon on Thursday 6 November. Needles sparked and sparkled in the cool November sun as our fearless band of volunteers, including the well known Gail Porter, Rotary members and Stephen Robertson from The Big Issue Foundation, knitted “squares” – many of which were even sort of square (some participants were first time knitters)!

Tuesday, 4th November 2014

The Big Issue Foundation is excited to be entering the second year of its partnership with the WhatsOnStage Awards, marked by the opening of their Awards nominations last Friday.  The Awards are the original public voted theatre awards, now entering their 15th year. It’s the theatre goers who put forward the names of professionals and productions to be considered for the awards, as well as voting for the winners from the resulting shortlist.

Monday, 27th October 2014

On the evening of the 23rd of October friends and supporters gathered at the Oxo Tower to celebrate all things Big Issue.

‘We are celebrating not because we are in denial about the increasing strain on our services, not because we are in denial about our future challenges or because we see ourselves as do-gooders; we celebrate simply because we can overcome and this is a reason to believe’ – Stephen Robertson CEO Big Issue Foundation

Thursday, 23rd October 2014

My name is Matt Rogers – at 38 years old now, I started my Sales Career at 16 after realising I loved to sell, I was pretty good at it and also realised it was going to make my loved ones and myself comfortable in life.

In the early years, I had some fantastic trainers, coaches, peers and customers to learn my profession from, I couldn’t have asked for a better start.

Wednesday, 22nd October 2014

Last year’s Big Noise Festival saw a collection of amazing artists from energetic performances with the likes of The Correspondents and Dilinga to the comedy stylings of Richard Herring. Not only that but it managed to raise over £10,000 to support the vital work of The Big Issue Foundation. If you missed out last year, fear not as plans have already started for The Big Noise Festival 2015. It’s third year promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

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