I will be taking part in the London to Amsterdam bike ride this year to of course raise money for the Big Issue Foundation, and to support our Oxford Circus distributor Pat who is also taking part. I work for the Big Issue, part for the company and part for the Foundation. This gives me a best of both worlds perspective. I badge up and support new vendors, sell the magazines to vendors, help with their pitches, and am involved with the day to day running of the office. I also do outreach, visiting people at their pitches, helping vendors gain ID (which most people take for granted but is hard without an address), referring on to relevant services, organising appointments for them and so on. I’ve been working for Big Issue now for two years and really enjoy it, having previously worked in emergency shelters, high support houses, and move on projects. I am looking forward to the challenge, although I haven’t cycled for a while so I need to up my training! I said earlier I’m also doing this to support Pat but he’ll definitely be supporting me too!
You can support Lauren’s challenge here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/BigIssueLauren