£7 could fund a return travel ticket to enable a vendor to attend a training programme.

£20 could pay for two hours with a front-line worker; equipping and empowering Big Issue vendors to progress forward in their lives.

£132 could pay for 9 training course sessions (e.g. Employability Programme) to train a Big Issue vendor for life.

“What has The Big Issue done for me? I’ll tell you: it has helped maintain my self-esteem – staving off both monetary and emotional destitution; it has deepened my faith in the fundamental goodness of people – the kindness and generosity shown by my customers, regular and occasional, has been consistent.

Read Andre’s story


“Later, a vendor comes in for a referral to the Ready for Work Programme. Selling the magazine has been her first job and she’s keen to progress up the ladder.”

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



At a crucial moment in André’s life, The Big Issue Foundation was able to be there for him. At a time when it could’ve been so easy to give up, we were able to offer him a hand up and support him to take steps towards a positive future.

We work exclusively with vendors that have chosen to begin a journey of self-help and change by selling The Big Issue magazine. We believe in a hand up, not a handout. Our approach is uniquely ‘vendor-centric’ and entirely driven by the needs and aspirations of the vendor. They are at the heart of what we do.

We value personal development, growth and change above all else. Whether it’s a big change or a small one, we provide ongoing coaching and support to Big Issue vendors so that they can take positive steps forward.

This winter, there is something you can do: by supporting The Big Issue Foundation, you will give Big Issue vendors like Andre something to look forward to, something to take their minds off their situation – most importantly of all – you will give a vendor hope for the future, a reason to go on.

Thank you for everything you have done so far. Your support creates help, hope and resilience. We appreciate your belief and concreate support, and know that without you, our work couldn’t happen.

Wishing you and your loved ones a warm, safe and joyous festive season and a very happy new year.

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


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