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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.

Thursday, 26th June 2014

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Big Issue vendor Ralph set off a few days ago to fulfil a lifelong ambition to sail along the south coast with his best friend, his dog Jess.

Tuesday, 24th June 2014

I’ve been an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) tutor in Birmingham for ten years, teaching English to adults in further education colleges. It’s a world governed by rigid systems, tough targets and formal exams. A year ago I’d had enough, and quit my job to become a writer. I was however keen to keep my teaching muscles flexed. I knew, through my friend Susannah, that the Big Issue ran ESOL classes, so I let her know I’d be happy to help out if they ever needed an extra pair of hands. Shortly after, one of their volunteer teachers left and I found myself having to make good on my promise.

Wednesday, 18th June 2014

I learnt about the Big Issue Foundation quite recently, through a series of coincidences, not the least of which is that my next door neighbour works for the Foundation in Birmingham. I knew that Susannah had something to do with the Big Issue, but it was only when I happened to witness the tremendous support that she was providing towards an ex vendor (not even a current one!) that I began to realise that there was more to The Big Issue than selling magazines.

Susannah invited me to visit The Big Issue offices in Birmingham, and I saw her and her colleagues taking the time to chat to the vendors who came in, discussing whatever was on their minds and tactfully checking they were okay. When I told others at my firm all about the good, pragmatic, non-patronising help that the Foundation provides we agreed we wanted to get involved. We offered to man a weekly drop-in advice centre, and signed a team up to take part in a "Vendor day".

Monday, 16th June 2014

Northern Trust, one of three companies in London enabling vendors to sell their magazines in their offices, has congratulated Ron Heap on selling more than 1000 editions of The Big Issue magazine to its employees in Canary Wharf.

During the last six months, the company has offered Ron the opportunity to sell his magazines on one day each week as part of its commitment to support the local community. Northern Trust is the only bank in the UK to have an on-site Big Issue vendor as part of The Big Issue Foundation’s corporate placement programme.

Saturday, 14th June 2014

This morning we received a delightful email from Dumitru, who wanted to share his story of how his life was turned around after he started selling The Big Issue.

Simon, our Service Broker, remembers both Dumitru and his wife clearly and told us his part of the story.

Monday, 9th June 2014

Big Issue vendor John became a modern day hero when he saw an elderly lady getting into difficulties crossing the road. She was at danger of being hit by a car and John ran into the road to lift her to safety!

Unfortunately the car ended up running over John’s foot. Not to be deterred and being a hard worker he didn’t even take a day off from his pitch Waverley Train Station in Edinburgh!

Join us in saying a BIG well done and thank you to modern day hero Big Issue vendor John. You can post a message on Facebook here. Your messages of support here will be passed on to John.

Wednesday, 4th June 2014

If you have experience in working with events or would like some to put on your CV and help out an amazing festival and cause at the same time then we have something special in store for you! The Big Noise Festival is an arts, music and theatre extravaganza now in its second year. It is organised by a group of dedicated supporters with all the funds raised going to help our vital work here at The Big Issue Foundation.

Monday, 19th May 2014

James Bowen used to be a busker and Big Issue vendor but a few years ago in the spring of 2007 his life was changed when he met Bob. Bob was a street cat who James took in and nursed to health. The pair quickly became inseparable and James went on to write a book about their friendship called A Street Cat Named Bob. The book has now sold over 1 million copies in the U.K. alone and has been translated into over 35 different languages. They have also written a sequel to the book as well as adaptations for younger readers and now their first picture story book My Name Is Bob came out just a few weeks ago and is an imaginative possibility of Bob’s story before he met James.

Friday, 16th May 2014

Big Issue vendor Istvan is a great representative not only for The Big Issue but also for his community. Istvan recently hit the headlines when he managed to save a young girl and her father who fell into the river opposite his pitch on the Half-Penny Bridge in Bath. Aside from his quick thinking, life saving antics Istvan has been a vital member of the area and has received the much coveted Mayor’s Citizen Award in recognition of his heroics and appreciation of his positive attitude and ability to brighten up the streets of Bath.

Friday, 16th May 2014

Big Issue vendor Simon Mott was recently hitting headlines as the first vendor to accept card payments. Simon bought his own chip and pin card machine from iZettle using the money he’d been able to save from selling The Big Issue to help boost his sales in an increasingly cashless society. We are extremely pleased to announce that Simon has won the ‘Special Judges’ Award’ at the Digital Empowerment Awards 2014. The awards, sponsored by The Lankelly Chase Foundation, saw over 70 entries from all over the UK. They consider projects using the growing potential of digital technologies such as the internet, social media, apps and SMS for improving the lives of homeless and vulnerable people.

Simon will be using the cash awarded with the prize to help other Big Issue vendors invest in card machines.

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