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The Big Issue Foundation - A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out

Our work

The Big Issue offers people who are homeless the opportunity to earn their own money; a livelihood. The Big Issue Foundation, as an independent charity for people who are homeless, offers vendors the opportunity of a life. We work tirelessly alongside our vendors to help them deal with the issues that have caused their homelessness or have developed as a result of hitting the streets.

It can be as little as 12 months from a significant life event to losing everything and arriving on the street. Last year alone we worked with over 2,200 individuals, enabling people who are homeless to take control of their lives.

We offer vendors the opportunity to integrate in all aspects of our work including our fundraising events such as our inspirational Big London Night Walk and our amazing annual bike ride, this year we’ll be pedalling from London to Amsterdam. Many vendors have walked or cycled with us over the years and helped to raise vital funds and awareness for our work.

Our work is 100% reliant on the support of our donors, please make a donation to the Big Issue Foundation, find out more basic facts, join us on one of our amazing events, come up with your own idea to raise funds and do it yourself, or take the plunge and volunteer for charity.

The Need

Nearly 100 people a week turn to the Big Issue for an opportunity to help themselves at a time of utter personal crisis. We work with some of the most disadvantaged and excluded individuals in the land; people who have lost more than it is comfortable to imagine, their homes, their families and their sense of themselves in the world. We urgently need to offer more support and hope for the future.

Our mission

The Big Issue Foundation’s mission as a UK charity for people who are homeless, is to connect vendors with the vital support and personal solutions that enable them to rebuild their lives; to determine their own pathways to a better future.