Winter 2017

“The Big Issue has played a huge part of my recovery. Without it I wouldn’t have the job I now have, the friends that I now have, some of the clothes on my back and some of the food in my cupboard. I can’t thank everyone enough.”

Read Matthew’s story here


“Selling The Big Issue has helped Matthew to develop a routine and maintain stability, and before he moved on, the support he received from us had evolved to mostly encouragement and reminders. We are very proud.”

Learn more about Hannah and Michael’s Week in the life of a Service Broker here


More about the appeal

This year’s Christmas Appeal focuses on now former Big Issue vendor Matthew from Oxford. Matthew having been homeless on and off for much of the last 23 years is now looking forward to what lies ahead. His inspiring story talks about his battles with drink and drugs, homelessness and how with the support of his regulars and with a helping hand from The Big Issue Foundation, he is now clean and sober 15 months, 467 days; and leaving The Big Issue behind to start his new job.

Matthew’s story illustrates how with your support we can together create hope and transform lives. The Big Issue is often the nearest thing a lot of people have to stability in their lives and offers people facing poverty and exclusion the opportunity to earn their own money; a livelihood. The Big Issue Foundation is the life beyond the magazine. We believe in providing ‘A hand up, not a hand out’.

It is our job to build frameworks that allow Big Issue vendors to access safe and secure accommodation, improve personal health and wellbeing, and progress towards education and employment opportunities. It is a journey of change and we are proud to walk it together. We know that there is strength in numbers. Partnership work is key if we are to make a success of the journeys that lie ahead. Your winter gift today can strengthen the safety net.

Today, we ask if you can support us to support more Big Issue vendors like Matthew. Whatever you can afford will make a significant difference. We know times are hard, and that many of us are facing financial pressures at the moment. That is why every gift The Big Issue Foundation receives makes an even bigger difference.

Together we can end poverty and exclusion for Big Issue vendors. Thank you


PayPal: If you have a PayPal account you can make a secure donation online via the PayPal link here

Telephone: To donation by telephone please call 020 7526 3458, 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 to: FREEPOST RTTS-JGTR-LRYR, The Big Issue Foundation, 113-115 Fonthill Road, Finsbury Park, London, N4 3HH