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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.

Sunday, 7th December 2014

With input from the Big Issue Foundation and vendors themselves, Fold7 have reworked the 12 Days of Christmas in an entertaining and light-hearted film – showing the positive ways in which the Foundation helps vendors to create a life out of a livelihood. Watch the video.

Sunday, 7th December 2014

The latest single by The Big Secret Sound, ‘I Love You Like Christmas’, is now available on iTunes and is written and dedicated to everyone who will be homeless this Christmas, with proceeds going to The Big Issue Foundation.

Tuesday, 18th November 2014

Vendor Christian's three-legged Lurcher, George, has recently been given a bravery award after treatment he received as a result of a bad attack by another dog in Weston-super-Mare.

An animal charity, who Christian was already registered with, provided the funding for George’s veterinary care and we are told that he was very trusting and accepting of the treatment he received.

Tuesday, 18th November 2014

The latest charity single by The Big Secret Sound, ‘I Love You Like Christmas’, is now available on pre-release as an iTunes download and is written and dedicated to all the people that find themselves homeless at Christmas, with proceeds going to The Big Issue Foundation.

To promote the pre-release of the single, The Big Secret Sound devised a simple iconic symbol of ‘Making A Roof’, as they are hoping that the funds will help people that are homeless to get a roof over their heads this Christmas.

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)!

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