£10.41 can pay for an hour with a front-line worker; equipping and empowering Big Issue vendors to progress forward in their lives

£27.00 can pay for 3 of our 2,000 Big Issue vendors to get a flu jab this winter getting them access to much needed health care services

£50.40 can help 1 Big Issue vendor buy a new suit and shoes for a job interview. You will be supporting vendors to work towards their positive aspirations



“I was rough sleeping for about a year after I came to Bristol, sleeping in doorways, tunnels, in the park – I’ve done the lot. Eventually I got to a point where I felt like I needed to get my life back on track and thought selling the Big Issue magazine again would allow me to do so.”

Read Paul’s story here


“I have really enjoyed working with Paul and I’m so excited for him to be going home this Christmas to spend it with his family. This just wouldn’t have been possible without your support, so I join with Paul in saying, thank you.”

Learn more about Martha’s Week in the life of a Service Broker here


More about the appeal

For many Big Issue vendors, and hundreds of other homeless people this Christmas, 'home' is likely to be described as cold, wet, lonely and unsafe. The Big Issue Foundation believes in providing ‘A hand up, not a hand out’. We provide access to healthcare, housing, financial advice, training, education and vital services that the more fortunate of us take for granted such as: access to a GP or the keys to a place you can call home. Without essential help like this, Big Issue vendors can find themselves trapped in a routine constantly reinforcing the downward spiral, unable to escape.

The Big Issue is often the nearest thing a lot of people have to stability in their lives. Your gift today will make sure we can provide that stability to many more Big Issue vendors across the country like Paul. Thank you for whatever you can afford today. I know times are hard, and that many of us are facing financial pressures at the moment. That is why every gift we receive is appreciated even more.

Thank you for helping The Big Issue Foundation to maintain and develop the structures that help Big Issue vendors on their journeys to a life with more dignity: I salute you.

Together we can dismantle poverty through offering a ‘Hand up’.


Telephone: To donation by telephone please call 020 7526 3454, lines open between 10am-6pm Monday to Friday. Please have your credit/debit card ready.

Bank transfer:  Make a direct bank transfer to the following details: Account Name: The Big Issue Foundation Sort-Code: 60-20-31 Account No:40110133 Ref: Please use your name or something we can identify you with

Via Post: You can post a cover letter with a cheque directly to us, please make the cheque payable to: The Big Issue Foundation and mail this into The Big Issue Foundation, 3rd Floor, 113-115 Fonthill Road, London, N4 3HH