The Big Issue Foundation - A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out
The Big Issue offers people facing poverty and exclusion the opportunity to earn their own money; a livelihood. The Big Issue Foundation is an independent charity supporting people experiencing exclusion, frequently including periods of homelessness. We offer vendors opportunities of a life. We work tirelessly alongside our vendors to help them deal with the issues that either brought them to us in the first instance or issues that have arisen as a result of the experiences they are having.
It can be as little as 12 months from a significant life event to losing everything and arriving on the street. Last year we recorded the achievements of over 2000 vendors, focusing on programmes of work that seek to establish financial stability and inclusion. The financial journey of each vendor are the building blocks of success in terms of further socially orientated objectives, the catalyst for personal change and an escape from the poverty of each person’s situation.
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.
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.
The Big Issue Foundation’s mission as a UK charity for people experiencing social and financial exclusion, 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.