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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.

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.

Tuesday, 13th May 2014

Our goal is to help Big Issue vendors reintegrate into society & move forward with their lives. However, vendors often live on a day-to-day basis because of the acute difficulties they face; it can be challenging to envisage a better future for themselves, let alone to plan for it. It was with this in mind that ‘Aspirations Week’ was created.

‘It’s a chance to get vendors to think about enjoying life rather than just surviving it, & reminding them that they do have a future to plan for.’ Ceri, Assistant Service Broker in Nottingham.

Wednesday, 30th April 2014

A heroic Big Issue seller swept to the rescue of an eight-year-old girl that had fallen into a dangerous river – with the help of a broom he uses to keep his riverside pitch clean and tidy.

As if Bath vendor Istvan Kakas wasn’t cherished enough in the city for his community spirit, the 48-year-old was quick off the mark to help pull the young girl and her father from the River Avon.

Trained chef Istvan, from Hungary, was on his pitch at Halfpenny Bridge, between Bath Spa station and Widcombe, on Sunday morning when he spotted the child, who had fallen into the river during a cycling trip with her family.

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.

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