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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re thinking about getting a challenge to train for this year, then our London to Amsterdam ride could well be it!
This year, Bobites and Bobfest are proud to be supporting The Big Issue Foundation. Bobfest 2015 will be held at Islington Assembly Hall on Saturday 23rd of May and it promises to be bigger and better than ever.
Martin Pickett was inspired to organise this annual event after reading the book ‘A Street cat named Bob’. He also created a facebook page 'Make the movie "A Street cat named Bob"',which now has over 3,000 members.
The Big Noise music and arts festival, in aid of The Big Issue Foundation, returns this year with some very exciting news.
Due to overwhelming public support the project has expanded and moved to the iconic London venue, The Coronet. Bigger venue, bigger acts, bigger noise!
‘I FELT DEGRADED I WANTED MY IDENTITY BACK’
I HIT THE LOWEST POINT of my life five years ago; I was sleeping rough under a canal bridge in Birmingham. Two friends died that year, they were very vulnerable. I thought to myself enough was enough, I had to get back on track. I felt degraded and I wanted to get my identity back. I wanted to be Mick rather than miserable. I came to The Big Issue and met the staff – they have helped me with the problems through thick and thin.
Dean Porter is a former London vendor and will be doing two, yes two cycling events for The Big Issue Foundation this year. Before he joins the team this September for the London to Amsterdam cycling challenge he will be cycling the Prudential Ride London in August.
Dean is a keen cyclist and has previously taken part in 3 cycling challenges for The Big Issue Foundation. Below, Dean shares his motivation for supporting us through these events.
One day I’ll be buying The Big Issue not selling it!
George has been selling The Big Issue for two years now, he didn’t expect his life to take this turn, but people rarely do.
George used to work for the NHS up in Glasgow and has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology. He managed to build a great life for himself and his partner, they had a good income and bought a detached sandstone house that he thinks of fondly. Sadly they bought the house at the top of the market “paid over the odds for it” he says, and quickly fell into negative equity. Sadly his partner left him around that time so he had no choice but to sell. Sadly his mother became unwell and he needed to pay for her care.